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Start off the New Year Right: Become a Home Health Aide in Just a Few Weeks

Group photo of the December 2017 graduating class of Practical Nursing students taken at their school, Harris Casel Institute in Melbourne, Florida.
A quick search on Indeed.com listed over 100 Home Health Aide jobs in the Melbourne, Florida vicinity. Our November 2017 class of Nursing Assistants and Home Health Aides are trained and ready to help! Might this type of training be right for you?

Short-term training with long-term results

Melbourne, FL: Walk into any classroom at the Harris Casel Institute, and you will find students hard at work to become healthcare professionals. They have decided to start a new career path and are on their way to a new beginning. Students enrolled in Home Health Aide training in the Melbourne, Florida campus are learning all the skills they will need to enter this profession.

And it won’t be long! Within a matter of weeks, these students will be ready to work for home health agencies who deliver important services to clients directly in their homes. Are you looking for a new career too? If so, home health aide training could be a new career path that is within your reach! This kind of career training is great for:

  • Moms or dads getting back into the workforce after raising kids
  • People who are unemployed and need to get marketable skills quickly
  • High school graduates who find that college is not for them
  • Those interested in the field of nursing, but not sure they want to go to nursing school
  • Anyone who wants to be in a helping, compassionate profession

What do Home Health Aides do?

What is it like to be a home health aide? Home health aides are unsung heroes who support clients in their homes by helping them with their basic, non-medical needs. Often times, the clients have disabilities or dementia, and cannot handle the basic tasks of life on their own anymore. Having a home health aide visit them and take care of these everyday needs is so important, because it allows them to continue living in their homes.

If you decide to get home health aide training, here are some of the things you would do on the job:

  • Travel to the homes of your clients
  • Help clients with personal hygiene, such as bathing and getting dressed
  • Assist with light housekeeping chores
  • Help clients manage their schedules, especially for doctors’ appointments
  • Provide emotional support

What traits to Home Health Aides need to have?

The number one trait that home health aides should have is compassion. Compassion in nursing fields is so important, because you are helping people who are at the most vulnerable periods in their lives. Take a moment to think about what others are going through: It’s hard to get older and become dependent on others, when you were once a younger, stronger person. It’s hard for clients and their families to deal with issues such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. It’s hard to feel your body failing due to age or disease. Home health aides are the ones who are there to help make life a little easier when help is needed the most. That’s why it’s so critical to have a sense of compassion and an understanding for what the client is going through. Find out more reasons why compassion in nursing is important.

In addition to compassion, it’s also important that home health aides are friendly, warm, and caring people who can bring a little positivity into the worlds of their clients. Being able to talk with your clients, help make them feel comfortable, and anticipate their needs are good skills to have.

Home health aides also need to have integrity. This includes maintaining client confidentiality and creating a trust with your client and their extended family. Your clients are relying on you to deliver much-needed services, and you’ve got to be trustworthy.

And finally, as a home health aide, it will be important that you are physically fit. The job requires a fair amount of standing and helping clients maneuver around their daily activities. That makes this an active job where you can expect to be on your feet and moving about your clients’ homes.

How do I become a Home Health Aide?

The great news is that home health aide training does not take long at all! Some training programs, like the one at Harris Casel in Melborne, FL, take only 3 weeks to complete!  In the program, you will learn all the fundamentals to make you career-ready. Your training will include how to prevent infections, taking vital signs, proper bed-making, personal care, and safety around blood borne pathogens. You will also learn about the special needs of clients, such as working with clients with terminal illnesses, memory loss, disabilities, and age-related issues.

Where do Home Health Aides work?

Most home health aides work for home healthcare agencies which coordinate the delivery of care to the clients. Other places to work include hospice centers, continuing care communities, assisted living facilities, residential facilities for people with disabilities, and in some cases, private homes. Some home health aides even work with new mothers as they are adapting to motherhood and taking care of their infants’ needs.

Are there jobs for Home Health Aides?

The job outlook for home health aides is very positive. According to the Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook, “Overall employment of home health aides and personal care aides is projected to grow 40 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations.” This prediction is based on the fact that the “baby boom” generation is getting older and is needing more and more home care. For many people, being able to age in their own homes is preferable to living in a nursing home or assisting living facility. 

How much do Home Health Aides make?

The wages for home health aides may vary, depending on your geographic area and your years of experience. Visit the Pay section of the Occupational Outlook Handbook to see what median wages are across the country. Remember also that home health aide position can be a stepping stone to a future career. It’s a great way to see if you like being in a health-related field. Some people start out as home health aides and eventually decide to go to nursing school to earn higher credentials.

Other resources

Interest in learning more about this career field? Try these articles and resources:

How to get training now!

For people looking for nursing programs in Florida and those in the Melbourne, Florida area, home health aide training is right in your back yard! The Harris Casel Institute is proud to offer training, and invites you to come take a tour of our school. During your visit, you can talk with one of our representatives to help you start your pathway to your new career. Remember, the training takes only 3 weeks! For more information, fill out our simple online form, or give us a call at 321-676-4066. We hope you begin your next step at Harris Casel!