Health Care Aide - Job Description, Duties, Education, Skills, Salary, & Growth

Home Care Aide

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Job Description

 

As a home care aide, the expected duties may include caring for those who are physically or mentally ill, those injured or disabled or infirm patients confined to home or residential care facilities.

Home health aide is one of the top 10 occupations showing large job growth, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Home care aides work under the supervision of a nurse, and work closely with family members to provide the care needed. Both men and women are sought after as home health aides.

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Responsibilities

 

Home health aides work to keep patients in their homes by monitoring them and providing services. Their primary responsibilities include:

  • Housekeeping, laundry, shopping, and errands

  • Keeping records of services 

  • Recording patient conditions and notifies the supervising nurse of changes or unusual behavior

  • Changing dressings, assisting with bathing, and offering support

  • Preparing patient meals and following specific dietary guidelines

  • Training patients to use special equipment to care for themselves

  • Maintaining a safe and healthy environment for the patient by following specified standards and procedures

  • Ensuring proper security precautions are taken

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Skills

 

Communication

Must effectively communicate with your co-workers to ensure the best care and the proper procedures. Must be able to communicate in high-stress environments.

Active Listening

Offering your full attention to an individual person or group in order to fully understand problems and their nature.

Critical Thinking

Must use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Judgment and Decision Making

Needs to be able to act autonomously and make difficult decisions that would benefit the patient or make corrections. Must consider all benefits and repercussions of potential actions and choose the appropriate one. 

Complex Problem Solving

Must be able to identify complex problems and develop and evaluate corrective options and implement solutions. 

Stress Management

Must be able to endure intense situations and handle pressure that comes with extreme situations you may encounter.

Trustworthiness

Must be trustworthy because you have people's lives in your hands and what you do could help or hurt them. They are entrusted with a great responsibility and must live up to it. 

Perceptiveness

Gauging how people react and read their body language to decipher their feelings and predict their actions. They must be able to determine if people could be a risk to themselves or others and to distinguishtruths from lies.

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Working Conditions

 

A 40 hour work week is standard for full-time employment as a home health aide. Because many patients may need care and assistance 24 hours a day, some conditions of employment may include night, weekend or holiday shifts. Some aides work on “live in” arrangements. Still others work on a part-time basis.

The nature of the work calls for aides to spend many hours standing and walking, and the work may include heavy lifting at times.

Aides are trained in proper body mechanics in how to move patients safely and care for them. Mechanical devices may sometimes be used to reduce the risk of injury when lifting or transferring a patient.

Employment as a home health aide can be emotionally stressful when working with patients who are disoriented, irritable, and uncooperative or in the terminal stages of illness.

 

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Salary Outlook

Title Company Location Posted
10.04.2017
Responsible for providing personal care and simple rehabilitative/restorative services to clients according to written instructions prepared by the Home Health RN, Physical Therapist and carried out under the supervision of the appropriate health...
09.13.2017
Mercy Hospital has an opening for an 8 hour (day) shift Casual Home Care Home Health Aide. (HHA) This person will care for in-home clients to meet client’s personal care needs as supervised and written in a plan of care prepared by a...
10.18.2017
A Home Health Aide is a trained paraprofessional prepared to assist professional personnel in personal care and home management as related to comfort, care, and safety of a consumer in the home. We need aide's in the following towns: Needham,...
10.18.2017
Position Summary Pay Range: Min:$12.30 -Mid:$14.86- Max:$17.41 Supports the professional clinical staff by providing direct patient care in the home setting and performing duties as assigned by the Case Manager. Ensures all actions taken in...
10.03.2017
This casual, non-benefit eligible Home Health Aide position is available in our Home Health division. Primary shift is 1st (AM) with an every 4th weekend (or as agency needs) rotation. This is also a holiday rotation associated with this...
09.05.2017
The Home Health Aide, under the supervision of the Director of Home Care, performs assigned patient care following the established nursing standards of care and policy and procedure.
09.26.2017
The Home Health Aide, under the supervision of the Director of Home Care, performs assigned patient care following the established nursing standards of care and policy and procedure.
10.18.2017
JOB SUMMARY: Under the written care plan of the RN, provides and assists in client care in the home. The HHA will maintain a clean, safe and healthy environment. POSITION QUALIFICATIONS A. Education [formal]: 1. Certification from a...
10.18.2017
The Home Health Aide will provide care in the home of the patient. The home health aide is prepared to assist the clinical staff providers according to the plan of care. Care is provided under the direct supervision of the professional clinical...
10.18.2017
Pay Range:($11.53-$15.88) JOB SUMMARY: Under the written care plan of the RN, provides and assists in client care in the home. The HHA will maintain a clean, safe and healthy environment. POSITION QUALIFICATIONS Education [formal]:...
10.18.2017
Find more than a job. Find more in yourself. Find your calling. Essentia Health seeks employees who embrace our commitment to patient-and family-centered care in communities both large and small. Were looking for people who are committed to...
10.18.2017
Find more than a job. Find more in yourself. Find your calling. Essentia Health seeks employees who embrace our commitment to patient-and family-centered care in communities both large and small. Were looking for people who are committed to...
09.12.2017
Responsible for the provision of activities of daily living as identified by the Home Care Coordinator on the plan of care. POSITION REQUIREMENTS: Licenses or Certifications: Home Health Aide certification Total Education, Vocational Training,...
10.11.2017
Responsible for the provision of activities of daily living as identified by the Home Care Coordinator on the plan of care. POSITION REQUIREMENTS: Licenses or Certifications: Home Health Aide certification Total Education, Vocational Training,...
05.26.2017
GED or High School Diploma required Must be Certified Nursing Assistant with one year of experience preferred. POSITION SUMMARY The Hospice Aide (PCT) performs duties involving direct, hands-on, patient care in patients' homes without the...
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  2. Home Health Aide - Casual Moose Lake, MN Mercy Hospital - Moose Lake
    Mercy Hospital has an opening for an 8 hour (day) shift Casual Home Care Home Health Aide. (HHA) This person will care for in-home clients to meet client’s personal care needs as supervised and written in a plan of care prepared by a...
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  4. * Home Care Aide Ames, IA Mary Greeley Medical Center
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  5. Home Health Aide - Casual Waconia, MN Ridgeview Medical Center
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  8. Home Health Aide-.5 Mason City, IA Mercy Medical Center North Iowa
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  9. Home Health Aide - Per diem Roslindale, MA Hebrew SeniorLife
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  10. Home Health Aide Mason City, IA Mercy Medical Center North Iowa
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  11. Home Health Aide (PRN) Duluth, MN Essentia Health
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  12. Home Health Aide (Casual) Duluth, MN Essentia Health
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  13. Home Health Aide (FT) Valir PACE Oklahoma City, OK Valir Health
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