Home health aides who are sometimes called “nursing assistants” visit the homes of people who are elderly andor have disabilities or long-term illnesses. Home health aides perform a variety of tasks during their visits. They may record the patient’s vital signs which they report to the patient’s physician. They give the patient baths and when necessary change the patient’s bandages. They help the patient get out of bed and get dressed and when appropriate they assist the patient in doing some exercises. They make sure the patient take their medications that have been prescribed by their physicians. Some home health aides read to the patient or take them for walks. They may do light housework such as changing bed linens washing dishes or doing laundry. Some prepare simple meals for the patient and feed them if necessary. Some home health aides stay with the patient round the clock. Home health aides often work for health care agencies but some are employed by hospitals. There are no formal educational requirements for home health aides but most employers prefer those with high school diplomas or the equivalent. However home health aides do need to complete a training program and then pass a competency exam. Training programs are offered by hospitals home health agencies health departments and volunteer agencies. Home health aides should have good personal hygiene pleasant personalities and they should be capable of recognizing emergency situations. Employers that receive reimbursement from Medicare must make sure all home health aide employees meet federal training guidelines. The website httpcareers.stateuniversity.com says that the job outlook for home health aides is very good. The median hourly wage is approximately $8.81.
|Education Required:||High School Diploma and Certificate/License|
|Tasks:||Administers oral medication.
Checks patients' vital signs.
Helps patients eat and bathe.
|Also Called:||Nursing Assistant
Licensed Practical Nurse
Health Care Aide