Home health aides bring relief and comfort to their patients
Do you want a career where you make a difference in the lives of others? Would you like to help patients who need assistance with their daily living? If so, you might want to consider becoming a Home Health Aide. Even if you’ve never worked in healthcare before, becoming a home health aide may be within your reach.
What does a Home Health Aide do?
Home health aides travel to the homes of their patients, where they provide them with basic care services, such as personal hygiene, bathing, clean bed linens, and other helpful tasks. They also check the patients’ vital signs and report any changes in health to a head nurse or supervisor.
Why are Home Health Aides so important?
With home health care, most patients are at a vulnerable time in their lives where they are unable to care for themselves. They may be elderly or disabled and can no longer handle their basic living activities. Home health aides provide such an important service to their patients: they help to restore dignity and comfort to their patients’ lives. Not only do the patients appreciate this, but oftentimes their family members are extremely thankful for the work that home health aides do too.
How do I become a Home Health Aide?
Of all the training programs for allied health career options, home health aide training is one of the quickest. Many home health aide training programs can be completed in as little as six weeks. That’s not long at all! If you enroll in a training program, get ready to study! You will have to study topics such as first aid, CPR, basic nutrition, infection prevention, vital signs, basic patient care, and how to respond in an emergency.
What are the benefits of this career?
Many home health aides find the work to be gratifying, because they know they are providing a valuable service to their patients. Compared with healthcare jobs that take place in a hospital environment, the in-home setting of a home health aide’s job can be less stressful and more personalized. As a home health aide, you have the opportunity to connect with your patients and forge meaningful relationships. Another benefit of this job is the hours. There can be some flexibility with this career field. You may find part-time, full-time, or per diem options that can fit with your schedule.
Is the job outlook good for Home Health Aides?
According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, “Employment of home health aides is projected to grow 38 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.” This very positive rate of growth is another reason why people are choosing to become home health aides.
If you are interested in this career field, learn more by reading The Benefits of a Home Health Aide Career. And remember, home health aides are everyday heroes who make a tremendous difference in the lives of their patients. If you choose this career, you will have much to be proud of!
The Harris Casel Institute is proud to offer a Home Health Aide training program at our campus in Melbourne Florida. Apply online today!