The program is designed for the entry-level Home Health Aide who will be employed by agencies to work in the patient’s homes. The students will be trained to provide consistent quality care for patients in their home setting and returning them to pre-episodic level with disease limitations and to maximize rehabilitation level of function.
The program will introduce the responsibilities of the Home Health Aide ethical and legal issues, communication, documentation, safety, OSHA, infectious diseases, restorative care, vital signs, nutrition, transfer techniques and issues of death and dying. The student will be introduced to the basics of anatomy and physiology, medical terminology as it relates to each body system.
TYPICAL JOB DUTIES
- Monitors patient condition by observing physical and mental condition, intake and output, and exercise.
- Supports patients by providing housekeeping and laundry services; shopping for food and other household requirements; preparing and serving meals and snacks; running errands.
- Assists patients by providing personal services, such as, bathing, dressing, and grooming.
- Helps patients care for themselves by teaching use of cane or walker, special utensils to eat, special techniques and equipment for personal hygiene.
- Helps family members care for the patient by teaching appropriate ways to lift, turn, and re-position the patient; advising on nutrition, cleanliness, and housekeeping.
- Records patient information by making entries in the patient journal; notifying nursing supervisor of changing or unusual conditions.
- Maintains a safe, secure, and healthy patient environment by following asepses standards and procedures; maintaining security precautions; following prescribed dietary requirements and nutrition standards;