Home Health Aides / Home Care Assistant Careers
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What a Home Health Aides / Home Care Assistant does:
Home Health Aides or Home Care Assistants provide healthcare to ill or injured individuals in the patient’s home or in a residential care facility.
Often patients are confined to their homes and need assistance to perform basic daily tasks e.g. eating, toileting, maintaining hygiene etc. The Home Care Aide assists the patient in performing such tasks.
The main duties of a Home Care Assistant/Aide include:
- Observing residents/patients
- Working in shifts to assist the patient in performing daily tasks
- Reporting to a Registered Nurse in a Residential Care Facility
- Working to promote the patients independence as much as possible
- Bathing, Shaving and Toileting patients
- Documenting food and fluid intake
- Making beds and keeping patients area tidy
- Transporting patients
- Turning bedridden patients
Education & Qualifications:
There is no formal educational required for a Home Care Assistant or Home Health Aide. Courses are available online, in local community colleges and in hospitals.
Formal qualifications allow a Home Care Aide to progress in their career and even apply for more senior positions. Programs cover subjects such as: gerontology, philosophy of long-term care, dementia management strategies, promoting independence, psychology and personal care.
Salary & Job Prospects:
Salaries range from $15,000 – $30,000 depending on position held, location and qualifications. Home Health Aides are in the top ten occupations in the US, and have the largest predicted job growth of all Allied Healthcare Positions.
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