The Home Health Aide (HHA) profession offers a range of opportunities to provide care
A Home Health Aide is a healthcare professional who cares for people with any number of medical issues. This can include the elderly or individuals who have disabilities, cognitive issues, or chronic illnesses. An HHA works independently to provide basic care, under the supervision of a registered nurse or other medical professional, to meet the health goals for each individual client. In some ways this can mean serving as the “eyes and ears” of the health care team, while also following established plans of care.
Are you curious about the role of a home health aide as a possible profession? The first step is to learn more about the day-to-day functions of this job.
An HHA provides a variety of services to patients, which can vary depending on the individual’s needs. These can include:
- checking vital signs (e.g., pulse, temperature, and respiration rate)
- helping patients to bathe, groom, and dress themselves
- changing bandages
- administering medications.
A typical day
A home health aide may routinely:
- assist a patient in getting in and/or out of bed
- change bed linens and ensure they are laundered
- help a patient with a meal
- converse with a patient to keep him or her engaged and entertained
- maintain medical records with details of a patient's condition or any progress he or she may be making
- discuss any relevant information with the patient’s case manager.
The HHA is crucial to keeping the entire care team aware, so they can assess and implement any additional needs the patient may have.
Home health aides care about making a difference in the lives of the patients they care for. Successful HHAs have the following traits:
- excellent communication, to establish a rapport with patients and build trust
- dedication and commitment, to respond to whatever needs may arise
- time management skills, to implement plans of care effectively
- a positive attitude
Many people find that work as an HHA can be tremendously gratifying, because they know that they’re making a difference in the lives of their patients. If this is a career that interests you, start by reaching out to training programs like the one at the Harris Casel Institute. It could be the beginning of your path towards a new career in healthcare!
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