This week I thought I would highlight the role of a home health aide. A home health aide has a significant role in ensuring a patient’s well-being, while allowing a patient to reside in their own home, instead of moving into an assisted facility.
A home health aide is a certified nurse’s aide who specializes at in-home personal care assistance. After gaining the foundation of medical training as a certified nurse’s aide, a home health aide can then utilize their skills to provide care to patients in their home. A home health aide provides care to the elderly and disabled and allows patients to remain in the comfort of their own residence. Home health aides may assist with activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, hair care, changing adult diapers or brushing teeth.
They can also assist with a patient’s exercise, administer medications in some situations, assist with wound care, monitor vitals and/or complete light housework. These job duties can vary from person to person depending on the patient’s medical needs or other lifestyle needs. A home health aide may be responsible for communicating the patient’s needs between caregivers, family members, doctors and other medical professionals. Some necessary skills of a home health aide include communication, compassion, patience, job flexibility, reliability, job knowledge and active listening. If you are interested in working one on one with a patient to help improve their lifestyle needs, this may be the career choice for you!
Later this week we will take a look at the requirements to become a home health aide, job outlook and additional resources to discovering the ins and outs of this career choice. Click here to see more information about becoming a home health aide through We Care Online: https://wecareonlineclasses.com/courses2/kansas/home-health-aide/