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
08.09.2017
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...
08.23.2017
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08.21.2017
The Home Health Aide located in the South Region of Indiana. Job Duties The Home Health Aide takes personal care of the patient and completes other simple procedures pertaining to home care under the direction of the Registered Nurse...
06.28.2017
This job encompasses the capabilities of performing personal cares and other ADL's/IADL's for clients; having effective communication skills with clients and staff for reporting of pertinent observations; performing accurate and timely...
07.25.2017
Temp 60/PP Shift Details: 8a-4:30p Location: Hospice Assists with personal care and homemaking tasks to enable patients to remain in their homes. Assists Hospice patients with personal care in addition to providing emotional support....
08.23.2017
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,...
08.21.2017
Certified Home Health Aide Certified Nursing Assistant program or equivalent Valid Massachusetts Driver's License Required Minimum 1 Year experience required DESCRIPTION: Under the direction of the Team Leader the Certified Home Health Aide...
08.21.2017
Certified Home Health Aide Valid Massachusetts Driver's License Required Minimum 1 Year experience required DESCRIPTION: Under the direction of the Team Leader the Certified Home Health Aide (CHHA) performs assigned duties in the patient's...
06.21.2017
We are looking for a Home Health Aide to provide assistance in daily living and personal care services in client’s homes in accordance with an established care plan. 
03.21.2017
The Home Health Aide provides direct personal care and psychosocial support to both Home Health and Hospice clients in their residences throughout the Lake County area; provides assistance with various aspects of personal care and assists with...
08.21.2017
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...
05.30.2017
This casual, non-benefit eligible Home Health Aide II position is available with our Home Support group. The primary shift is 1st (AM), with an every 4th (or as agency needs) weekend and up to 3 holidays per year. A valid MN driver's license and...
08.21.2017
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]:...
06.14.2017
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,...
07.03.2017
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,...
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  2. Home Health Aide - Home Care - Per diem Roslindale, MA Hebrew SeniorLife
    The Home Health Aide (HHA) will provide care in the home of the patient. The HHA 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...
  3. Home Health Aide Indianapolis, IN Community Health Network
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  4. Home Care Aide Dubuque, IA UnityPoint Health - Finley Hospital
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  6. Home Health Aide Roslindale, MA Hebrew SeniorLife
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  8. VNA Certified Home Health Aide Hyannis, MA Cape Cod Healthcare
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  9. Home Care Aide (HCA): Virginia Gay Home Health Vinton, IA Virginia Gay Hospital and Clinics
    We are looking for a Home Health Aide to provide assistance in daily living and personal care services in client’s homes in accordance with an established care plan. 
  10. CNA Home Health Aide - Polson Missoula, MT Partners In Home Care
    The Home Health Aide provides direct personal care and psychosocial support to both Home Health and Hospice clients in their residences throughout the Lake County area; provides assistance with various aspects of personal care and assists with...
  11. Home Health Aide-.5 Mason City, IA Mercy Medical Center North Iowa
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  12. Home Health Aide II, Casual Waconia, MN Ridgeview Medical Center
    This casual, non-benefit eligible Home Health Aide II position is available with our Home Support group. The primary shift is 1st (AM), with an every 4th (or as agency needs) weekend and up to 3 holidays per year. A valid MN driver's license and...
  13. Home Health Aide Mason City, IA Mercy Medical Center North Iowa
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