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.
By enrolling in a 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 expected to increase 48 percent between 2012 and 2022.
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
Both the Nursing Assistant / Home Health Aide and the Home Health Aide programs 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.
At the conclusion of the training program, students will be eligible to work for home health care agencies and group homes throughout Florida. In addition, those who took the Nursing Assistant program will also be eligible to earn their state certification.