Home Health Aide Training | Harris Casel Institute Melbourne FL
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Home Health Aide Training

Helping to heal at home

Home health aides have a very important role to play in improving the day-to-day lives of elderly individuals, as well as those who are disabled or chronically ill. From checking vital signs to assisting with grooming and meal preparation, these professionals provide a variety of services that enable their clients to live independently for as long as possible.

Home Health Aide students learn the fundamentals of the home healthcare industry. This class covers the basics of dealing with blood borne pathogens including 4 clock hours of HIV/AIDS training, how to prevent infections, bed making, vital signs, and personal care. Attention is also paid to working with clients (and family) when the client has a terminal illness, mental illness as well as the special care needs of older adults, mothers, and newborns.

By enrolling in the Home Health Aide training program, you can look forward to the career satisfaction that comes from playing an active role in helping others. You can also look forward to a multitude of job prospects, with the demand for qualified home health aides is expected to increase 48 percent between 2012 and 2022.

The Nursing Assistant / Home Health Aide and the Home Health Aide programs both include internal and external clinical lab components, with students spending 40 hours working in a facility under the guidance of a Certified Nursing Assistant. Through this experience, each student will have the opportunity to work with members of the community and provide them with basic levels of care as outlined in their patient plans.

Career Outlook

At the conclusion of the training program, students will be eligible to work for home health care agencies and group homes throughout Florida. 

Students also learn how to understand the client’s needs while reporting, observing and recording client information as well as learn job seeking skills, resume writing, and communication skills.

Completion of this program does qualify students’ employment in agencies with Medicare and Medicaid patients.

This class can be taken separately or in conjunction with the Nursing Assistant / HHA Program.

There are no state exams for this course. A Certificate of Completion will be given for the HIV/AIDS, CPR and First Aid sections of this program, which are included in the cost.

Home Health Aide Training Program

Students at the Harris Casel Institute have two options when considering a career as a home health aide: they can choose to enroll in our six-week nursing assistant / home health care program or our three-week home health aide training program. The primary difference between these two programs is whether or not a student must take the Nursing Assistant course, which includes a comprehensive education in:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Personal care duties such as grooming, bathing and dressing
  • Taking vital signs
  • Caring for the cognitively impaired
  • Responding to emergency situations

The home health care component of the training program, on the other hand, focuses on the basics of the home health care industry, including:

  • Understanding your client’s needs
  • Observing and recording client information
  • Caring for the terminally ill
  • Personal care procedures
  • Handling mental health emergencies