As a home health aide, you bring caring assistance to patients every day
The profession of a home health aide (HHA) is an essential one—you show up to provide unwavering support to families and patients at what can be highly difficult times in their lives. Perhaps you offer short-term help for a patient recovering from a surgery or recent illness. Or perhaps your job is to support someone in need of longer-term care, and the help you provide can evolve as the patient’s needs, desires, abilities, and interests change. In all of these circumstances, as an HHA you can be a daily superhero in bringing kindness, compassion, and care into the lives of those who need it most.
If you’re interested in caring for others in their own homes, you may want to explore home health aide training, which can provide you with the skills to start this new career in just a few months. Here are some of the ways that HHAs have an impact on the lives of their patients:
You make life a little easier
As an HHA, your positive presence as a caregiver is an ongoing act of kindness to your patients. When illness, accident, or old age interferes with patients’ abilities to care for themselves, you’re able to offer them skills, compassion, and generosity to help meet their needs.
You ensure dignity
For patients faced with the reality that their physical limitations mean they can longer perform basic daily tasks without assistance—such as bathing, dressing, grooming, or doing light housekeeping—this change can feel very scary. We often take for granted the ability to do these tasks as part of our daily routine. Your sensitivity as an HHA, to respect and treat each individual with dignity, can help patients and their families when they are learning to cope with new challenges.
You provide relief
When an HHA offers support, this can provide the patient with essential social and physical connections that can be life-changing—including for family caregivers who may want to be there for their loved ones, but cannot shoulder the burden of care on their own. Your visit may be the only time other caregivers allow themselves the opportunity to leave the home, run an errand, or do something to take care of themselves. Everyone needs a break to recharge, and your role helps family members and others to manage the intense mental, physical, and emotional exhaustion of providing care.
You become essential
When a patient’s family gets to know you, and sees the skill and patience with which you care for their loved one, this can help to inspire confidence and trust. It can also bring a much-needed sense of peace. You get the chance to build relationships with your patients and their families that can be essential in the process of caregiving.
At Harris Casel, we can help you become an HHA, to bring relief and comfort to patients at home. In our program, we teach students the fundamentals of home healthcare, including for those who’d like to work for home health care agencies and group homes. We hope this post has inspired you to learn more about the possibilities of this gratifying career path!
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