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

what does a home health aide doFind out more about this quick-training program

Have you heard of home health care agencies in your city or region? Have you wondered if you have the job skills you need to work there? If you are curious about whether you could become a home health care giver, you will be happy to know that you can train for this career in a matter of months!

At the Harris Casel Institute in Melbourne, Florida, we offer a Home Health Aide training program that requires no prior experience and can be completed in just 3 weeks, or a Nursing Assistant program that can be completed in just 6 weeks. Either choice puts you on the job market with new marketable skills in under two months!

If you are considering this career field, read more to find out what home health aides do. If you are someone who likes to help others, a career in home health care might be something worth considering. Who knows? This could be a good fit for you!

What home health aides do

Home health aides are important members of the healthcare community. In this position, you would provide care for clients with chronic illnesses, age-related conditions, disabilities, and other factors that make them unable to care for themselves. For people who are unable to leave their homes, a home health aide can truly be a lifesaver for both the patient and their family members.

In this role, you would have responsibilities such as:

  • Helping clients get bathed and dressed
  • Recording vital signs at the beginning and end of each visit
  • Assisting clients as they move about their homes
  • Providing emotional support for clients
  • Helping with meals according to dietary needs
  • Assisting clients as they arrange their doctors’ appointments and other scheduling concerns
  • Helping the clients maintain some involvement in their community
  • Attending to light household chores as needed
  • Recording the services that you provided for the client

Many home health aides work for agencies. The agencies assign you to the patients whose homes you are to visit each day. Apart from agencies, other employment options might be nursing homes, group homes, or hospice facilities. The number of clients you would see each day would depend on their level of need.

Benefits of a home health aide career

There are a number of reasons to choose this career field. For one, you may enjoy knowing that you are of service to others in their time of need. In this job, you make a big impact on not only your clients but their family members, who like the security of knowing that their loved one is in good hands.

And second, you can get trained quickly. This can be a good choice for people who have been laid off and are seeking a new career, or for parents returning to work after their children get older, or for young people who are just considering a career path in the field of health care.

And a third great reason is the positive job outlook. The Occupational Outlook Handbook predicts that “Employment of home health aides is projected to grow 38 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.” With this kind of projected growth, people find that this career choice is a practical one.

If becoming a home health aide sounds like a good route for you, why not explore it further? This could be the start of a whole new chapter in your life!


For residents of the Melbourne, FL region, contact us online to find out more about our home health aide and nursing assistant programs.