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Home Health Aide Care Giver

Career Highlights

  • Help make living easier for patients
  • Companionship in addition to medical assistance
  • Generally entry-level or part time position

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Career Summary

Home health aide care givers are a vital component to a patientís healthcare and recovery. The home health aide care giver has the most contact with patients as it is their responsibility to provide daily necessities. Often responsibilities will include laundry, grocery shopping, home cleaning and accompanying patients to and from doctor appointments as well as simple companionship outside the home.

home health aide care giverHome health aides help elderly, convalescent, or disabled persons live in their own homes instead of in a health care facility. In home health agencies, a registered nurse, physical therapist, or social worker usually assigns specific duties to and supervises home health aides, who keep records of the services they perform and record each patientís condition and progress. The aides report changes in a patientís condition to the supervisor or case manager.

Home health aide care giver positions are generally entry-level or part time positions while in school for additional formal training and education to enter other health occupations such as nursing. Home health aide care givers may also work in Hospices, nursing homes and hospital hospice units for terminally ill patients.

Salary

$20000*

Education

Requires a degree in:

  • Home Care Certification

Career Skills

  • Administer prescribed oral medications
  • Communication
  • Empathy
  • Basic medical knowledge and CPR
  • Basic home care such as cooking, washing, cleaning
  • Light clerical duties
  • Time Management Skills

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*Salary ranges based on location, experience, and demand. This number represents a rough nation-wide average.