Home health aides make a major difference in the lives of their patients, providing essential health care that their families may not be able to offer.
Home health aides help the elderly, those with disabilities, and those recovering from illness with basic health care tasks such as changing dressings and administering medications. They monitor the client’s health and report changes in status to licensed nursing staff who direct their work.
Home Health Aides may also help with routine tasks like feeding, bathing, dressing and depending on their client’s needs may assist with other personal care such as light housekeeping and meal preparation.
Most home health aides work in client’s homes but they may also work in small group homes, hospice care, and adult daycare facilities.
Some home health aides see the same client daily for years, while others work with new clients often.
Although there is no formal education requirement, most home health aides have a high school diploma. Jobs in certified home health or hospice agencies require formal training and certification. Additional certification requirements vary from state to state.
While this career can be emotionally and physically demanding, clients and families rely on the skills and integrity of home health aides.