What does a Home Health Aide do?
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A home health aide provides care, companionship, and assistance to the elderly, chronically ill, disabled, or otherwise impaired person. Under the supervision of a nurse or healthcare practitioner, they may sometimes check a client’s vital signs, administer medication, or help with a ventilator. Most home health aides travel to a client’s home while others may work in care communities, small group homes, residential facilities, or retirement homes. Some may provide services for one patient whereas others may have 4-5 patients a day.
How to Become a Home Health Aide
You would be expected to have a high school diploma and home health aide’s working in hospice agencies or home health agencies would need formal training in personal hygiene and infection control among others.
Job Description of a Home Health Aide
A home health aide provides companionship and help to clients with everyday tasks such as dressing, bathing, or eating.
They help client shop for groceries and make meals according to their diet and nutritional needs. They may help them plan their doctor appointments as well. The difference between a personal care aid and a home health aid is that a home health aid may administer medications and check vital signs as they are supervised by a medical professional. Because of this, they might also change a client’s bandages, give skin care, help with braces or walkers, and other needs.