Do you have a heart for helping others who are elderly or disabled; or perhaps physically or mentally challenged?
Are you patient, organized, and interested in working in a field where employment prospects are excellent? If so, Home Health Aide might be the job for you!
As a Home Healthcare Aide, your duties will vary depending on the needs of your client. Some patients will be confined to their own home while others may be mobile and need assistance working outside the home and engaging in the community.
Training is often offered through the agency that is hiring and may include basic health care, taking and documenting vital signs, handling emergency situations and food preparation for patients with special dietary needs.
Duties may include any or all of the following:
- Assisting with personal daily tasks such as bathing, dressing, grooming, and moving from room to room.
- Checking vitals and administering medications at designated times.
- Changing bandages or wound and skin care; help with braces or artificial limbs.
- Keeping a schedule for the patient and arranging medical appointments.
- Providing transportation to appointments or other engagements.
- Performing light housekeeping duties – washing dishes, vacuuming, changing sheets, or laundry.
- Grocery shopping and preparing special diet meals; picking up medications at the pharmacy; other items as needed.
- Providing companionship.
While some Home Health Aides work exclusively with patients who need 24-hour care, others travel to several homes each work day. No matter which, it is important to document services, as well as the client’s condition and progress. You will have direct contact with a case manager, nurse, or supervisor and interact with family members.
A high school diploma is not necessarily required, but some employers may prefer that you have one. Requirements may vary from agency to agency depending on their standard practices or state regulations.
Although duties can be physically or mentally demanding, it is rewarding to know that the services you offer are allowing your patient to remain in the comfort of their own home while avoiding the costly care of nursing homes, care facilities, or hospitals.
It’s important to offer supportive and compassionate care and tend to your client’s needs with a sensitive and friendly nature remembering that some may be enduring physical pain or mental stress.
If you live in the Philadelphia, PA area and are interested in becoming a Home Healthcare Aide, contact Community Care Center of the Northeast at 215-335-4416 or visit https://www.communitycarenephila.org/ for more information about upcoming classes and employment opportunities.