Why Not Be a Home Health Aide?
If you are looking for a new career, you might want
to consider becoming a home health aide. The duties are similar to those of a nurse’s aide, but
you work in private homes, usually caring for a single individual.
The things that you will need to do vary depending on
the condition of the patient. Many people find this career very rewarding, because they become friends with the
patients they are caring for and the patients really appreciate the help they are getting, as well as the company
throughout the day.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that there are
numerous job openings and the opportunities are expected to grow over the next several years. The requirements to
obtain this kind of employment are modest.
So, it’s an entry level position that could be a
spring board to a more advanced healthcare career. Many students, both in nursing and in other fields of study, use
a job as a home health aide as a way to earn money while they are studying. In many cases,
necessary tasks take little of a person’s time, so they have time for study.
Some of the tasks that you may be asked to perform
include preparing meals, helping patients eat, helping them dress and bathe. Making beds and tidying up rooms may
also be necessary.
If the patient is or has been ill, you may be
responsible for taking their vital signs; i.e. their pulse, blood pressure, temperature and respiration rate. The
patient may need help getting out of bed or walking. He or she may need transportation to and from
Payment for your services varies, often depending on the
number of hours and the duties required. If transportation is necessary, most families will provide a vehicle or an
extra allowance for the use of your own vehicle.
The hours that a home health aide
works may be long. Many of the positions are in homes with an elderly family member. One of your tasks might be
similar to baby-sitting, staying with the patient until another family member arrives home.
There is often a great deal of job security in this
kind of work. You may end up working many years for the same family. You might also work with a number of different
families, providing short-term assistance for people that have recently been discharged from the
Many situations require the help of a home
health aide. With just a little training, you could start helping people and begin a rewarding
Additional information on home health aides can be
found at: AboutHomeHealthAides.com