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Home Health Aide

   

Home health aides provide personal and homemaking services to elderly, convalescent, and disabled persons. They usually perform their services in the patient’s home. Some duties that are performed by home health aides include checking pulse and respiration rates, helping with prescribed exercises, changing surgical dressings, providing emotional and psychological support, and giving prescribed medications. They are required to maintain accurate and up-to-date records of services provided and the progress of the patient. Home health aides may also be called upon to assist with activities of daily living, which include helping patients in and out of bed, getting them dressed and undressed, assisting with personal hygiene, purchasing and preparing meals, changing bed linens, and other household chores. Most home health aides work with elderly and disabled patients, who require more help than family and friends can provide. Specific assignments and duties are usually given by a home health agency, a registered nurse, physical therapist, or social worker. Some home health aides may work with one patient for months or years, but the majority of aides work with several patients at any given time. Individuals in this profession often perform unpleasant duties, such as emptying bedpans and changing soiled linens, but most aides gain a great deal of satisfaction from helping people in need.


Work Environment:

 

Home health aides mostly work independently in the client’s home. They work under the supervision of a licensed nurse, social worker, or other health professional. They are usually employed by a home health agency, and typically work a 40-hour workweek although part-time positions are available. Because some patients require 24-hour care, nights and weekend are sometimes required.

High School Preparation:

 

High school students interested in becoming a home health aide should take courses in biology, algebra, family living, English, computer skills, child care, health occupations/medical professions education, home economics, physical education, and nurse aide training.


College Requirements:

 

Individuals interested in becoming a home health aide should have a high school diploma or the equivalent. Many states require that aides be licensed as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). In Mississippi, home health aides are required to pass an annual physical examination and have a negative tuberculin (TB) test. Other considerations for employment are a valid driver’s license and personal transportation.

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Career Outlook:

 

Employment opportunities for home health aides are expected to grow faster than the average for all other occupations. Over the next eight years job openings will increase by 20% - 35%. As the baby-boom generation becomes increasingly older, demand for home health personnel will skyrocket. Another reason for a rise in employment opportunities is that hospitals and nursing homes are trying to keep costs down by moving patients out of these primary care facilities and into their own home. Consumer preference for care in the home is another reason for such growth in this sector.  
 

 

Salary:

 

Average Annual Salary

$19,300

 

Salary Range

$16,100-$24,400

 

Professional Organizations:

 

National Association for Home Care
228 7th Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003
Phone: (202) 547-7424
Fax: (202) 547-3540

www.nahc.org

 

Mississippi Association for Homecare

P. O. Box 1468
Ridgeland, MS

39158-1468

Phone: (601) 853-7533
Phone: (877)

HOMEHLTH

Fax: (601) 853-7582
www.mahc.org

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