What Does a Home Health Aide Do? | Harris Casel Institute Melbourne FL
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What Does a Home Health Aide Do?

what does a home health aide do, home health aide career trainingGetting trained for this career takes only a few months

If you are looking for a new career with a quick training program, you might want to look at becoming a Home Health Aide. Most home health aide programs can be completed in a matter of a few months, which makes this a good option for people who want to get marketable skills quickly.

What do home health aides do on the job? If you decide to pursue this career, what would your work days look like? What kinds of day-to-day tasks would you do? Take a moment to learn more about this career to see if it is a good match for you.

What home health aides do on the job

In a home health aide position, you would be responsible for caring for clients with chronic illnesses, disabilities, age-related issues, and other conditions that interfere with their daily living activities.

In this career field, you might work for an agency that would assign you to work in individuals’ homes. Or you might find employment in a nursing home, group home, hospice facility, or a day services program. You would typically report to a head nurse or case manager.

The main responsibilities of home health aides include helping clients with the daily living activities that they cannot do on their own. Daily responsibilities might include:

  • Assisting clients with bathing and dressing
  • Checking vital signs and recording them
  • Light house chores, like washing up dishes, folding laundry, or vacuuming
  • Arranging clients’ schedules, such as doctors’ appointments
  • Serving meals according to clients’ dietary needs
  • Socializing with the client
  • Helping clients maintain involvement in the community
  • Running short errands for the client
  • Keeping records of all the services you performed for the client

Depending on your job, you may work with the same client every day, or you may have shorter tasks at each home, allowing you to visit four or five clients in one day. Your hours may vary, and may include weekends or evenings. Most HHA jobs are full-time positions.

Why become a home health aide?

What are the reasons people choose this field? First, becoming a home health aide could be a good career choice if you are someone who likes being of service to others. You will be helping clients with vital needs. By being there for your clients at their time of most need, you can make a big difference in their lives and at the same time, provide valuable support to their family members.

A second benefit is the short training period. Most HHA training programs can be completed in a matter of months. This can work well for people who want to get in the job market quickly. This career may be a good choice for people returning to work after raising children, people who were downsized and need a new career, or high school graduates who don’t want to go the college route.

A third great benefit is the job outlook. According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, published by the U.S. Department of Labor, “Employment of home health aides is projected to grow 38 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.” The handbook attributes this positive outlook to the aging of the large baby boom population.

If these benefits make sense to you, why not explore this career? You never know… this could be the start of something good!


Residents of the Melbourne, Florida region can learn more about Home Health Aide training at the Harris Casel Institute. For more information, contact Harris Casel online.