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
12.13.2017
Provides coverage for Home Care Aide/Paraprofessional cases to ensure continuity of care for clients receiving Home Care Aide/Paraprofessional services. Works with schedulers and HCA Educator/Field Supervisor on office tasks, orientation and...
12.13.2017
Driver's license required Provides coverage for fill ins for all Home Care Aide/Paraprofessional cases to ensure continuity of care for clients receiving Home Care Aide/Paraprofessional services. Works with schedulers and HCA Educator/Field...
10.25.2017
Provides patient/resident care activities under the direction of Registered Nurse and/or Licensed Practical Nurse. Assists patient/residents with activities of daily living, provides for personal care, comfort and assists in the maintenance of a...
12.13.2017
Verifiable completion of an NA & home health aide program BLS certification required JOB SUMMARY The Home Health Aide is responsible for providing personal care and routine exercise regimes to Home Care and Hospice patients. Responsible...
12.13.2017
Performs tasks as delegated and indicated on the care plan for Home Health client/family during a specified work period. The Aide will understand the basic elements of body functioning. Understands the physical and emotional changes including...
11.29.2017
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...
12.13.2017
Performs tasks as delegated and indicated on the care plan for Home Health client/family during a specified work period. The Aide will understand the basic elements of body functioning. Understands the physical and emotional changes including...
12.13.2017
Provides coverage Hospice cases to ensure continuity of care for clients receiving Home Care Aide/Paraprofessional services. Works with schedulers and HCA Educator/Field Supervisor on office tasks, orientation and education. Responsible for...
12.13.2017
The Home Health Aide located in the South Region of Indiana. Monroe, Brown, Bartholomew, and Lawrence counties Job Duties The Home Health Aide takes personal care of the patient and completes other simple procedures pertaining to home care...
12.13.2017
The Home Health Aide provides personal care and homemaker services to McLeod patients in their place of residence, under the supervision of a RN. Work Schedule: 80 hours biweekly; Monday - Friday Days with some weekends Experience and...
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...
12.13.2017
Part-time 30hrs/week Tues,Thurs,Sat Must be a certified home health aide Assists in the care and support of the patient at their place of residence, utilizing technical nursing skills with minimum assistance. Makes daily home visits with personal...
12.01.2017
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. 
12.13.2017
Performs tasks as delegated and indicated on the care plan for Home Health client/family during a specified work period. The Aide will understand the basic elements of body functioning. Understands the physical and emotional changes including...
12.07.2017
This part time (.6FTE), benefit eligible Home Health Aide position is available in Home Care. Primary Shift is 1st (days) with an every third weekend (or as agency needs) and a to be determined holiday rotation. Previous experience preferred....
  1. Home Care Home Health Aide Melrose, MA Hallmark Health System
    Provides coverage for Home Care Aide/Paraprofessional cases to ensure continuity of care for clients receiving Home Care Aide/Paraprofessional services. Works with schedulers and HCA Educator/Field Supervisor on office tasks, orientation and...
  2. Home Care Rapid Response Home Health Aide Melrose, MA Hallmark Health System
    Driver's license required Provides coverage for fill ins for all Home Care Aide/Paraprofessional cases to ensure continuity of care for clients receiving Home Care Aide/Paraprofessional services. Works with schedulers and HCA Educator/Field...
  3. Home Health Care Aide Pella, IA Pella Regional Health Center
    Provides patient/resident care activities under the direction of Registered Nurse and/or Licensed Practical Nurse. Assists patient/residents with activities of daily living, provides for personal care, comfort and assists in the maintenance of a...
  4. Home Health Aide-Skilled Home Care Duluth, MN St. Luke's Hospital
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  6. Home Health Aide - Hospice & Home Care Sioux Center, IA Sioux Center Health
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  7. Home Health Aide - Personal Care Bemidji, MN Sanford Health of Northern Minnesota
    Performs tasks as delegated and indicated on the care plan for Home Health client/family during a specified work period. The Aide will understand the basic elements of body functioning. Understands the physical and emotional changes including...
  8. Hospice Home Health Aide Melrose, MA Hallmark Health System
    Provides coverage Hospice cases to ensure continuity of care for clients receiving Home Care Aide/Paraprofessional services. Works with schedulers and HCA Educator/Field Supervisor on office tasks, orientation and education. Responsible for...
  9. Home Health Aide Indianapolis, IN Community Health Network
    The Home Health Aide located in the South Region of Indiana. Monroe, Brown, Bartholomew, and Lawrence counties Job Duties The Home Health Aide takes personal care of the patient and completes other simple procedures pertaining to home care...
  10. Home Health Aide/Home Health Florence, SC McLeod Health
    The Home Health Aide provides personal care and homemaker services to McLeod patients in their place of residence, under the supervision of a RN. Work Schedule: 80 hours biweekly; Monday - Friday Days with some weekends Experience and...
  11. Home Health Aide 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...
  12. HOME HEALTH AIDE, HOSPICE Stillwater, OK Stillwater Medical Center
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  13. Home Care Aide (HCA): Virginia Gay Home Health Vinton, IA Virginia Gay Hospital and Clinics
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  14. Home Health Aide - Home Health Bemidji, MN Sanford Health of Northern Minnesota
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  15. Home Health Aide - Home Care, Part Time (48hrs) Waconia, MN Ridgeview Medical Center
    This part time (.6FTE), benefit eligible Home Health Aide position is available in Home Care. Primary Shift is 1st (days) with an every third weekend (or as agency needs) and a to be determined holiday rotation. Previous experience preferred....