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
04.28.2017
- VNA Home Care Aide (3029468) Job Description VNA Home Care Aide - (3029468) Description The Home Health Aide is responsible for providing environmental, personal, and health care services that contribute to client/family health, well...
04.28.2017
- VNA Home Care Aide (3030120) Job Description VNA Home Care Aide - (3030120) Description The Home Health Aide is responsible for providing environmental, personal, and health care services that contribute to client/family health, well...
03.07.2017
Like any organization, it's the people that make the difference- Are you ready for the challenge? Do You Know Who We Are? We are Baystate Health- one of the largest health care systems in New England with over 11,500 employees, five hospitals...
04.20.2017
Ensures quality and safe delivery of services to patients according to care plan under the supervision of appropriate licensed personnel. Uses equipment and supplies safely, effectively, and efficiently....
03.09.2017
Provides personal care and assist with ADL's and designated health care services in compliance with the agency's policies and procedures in the home environment. Must have home health aide certification. Must have reliable transportation and be...
04.26.2017
*This is a part-time (benefit eligible) Home Health Aide that will be scheduled 6 days per two week period, but need the ability to flex up to 10 days due to business needs and vacation coverage.* Position will work 48-80 hours per 2 week...
12.16.2016
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,...
04.26.2017
Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) required Valid Minnesota Drivers License required Encourages and facilitates the resident's self care skills. Provides periods of stimulation, relaxation, and socialization within the social model of care....
04.26.2017
Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) required Encourages and facilitates the resident's self care skills. Provides periods of stimulation, relaxation, and socialization within the social model of care. Monitors the safety of cognitively impaired...
04.26.2017
Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) required Valid Minnesota Drivers License required Encourages and facilitates the resident's self care skills. Provides periods of stimulation, relaxation, and socialization within the social model of care....
04.26.2017
JOB QUALIFICATIONS Experience: One year work experience in a related field. Education: High school diploma/GED.Possess proof of successful completion of a 120-hour Home Health Aide training or a competency evaluation program or state licensure...
04.26.2017
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...
04.24.2017
Home Health Aide is a member of the Home Care/Hospice team. Home Health Aides delegated duties of direct and indirect patient care under supervision. Home Health Aides must continually strive to provide the highest possible level of care for the...
04.26.2017
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...
04.26.2017
The Hospice Aide provides personal care and homemaker services to Hospice patients in their place of residence, under the supervision of a RN. The Hospice Aide is supervised by a Patient Care Manager and receives direct and indirect supervision...
  1. VNA Home Care Aide Northampton, MA Cooley Dickinson Hospital
    - VNA Home Care Aide (3029468) Job Description VNA Home Care Aide - (3029468) Description The Home Health Aide is responsible for providing environmental, personal, and health care services that contribute to client/family health, well...
  2. VNA Home Care Aide Northampton, MA Cooley Dickinson Hospital
    - VNA Home Care Aide (3030120) Job Description VNA Home Care Aide - (3030120) Description The Home Health Aide is responsible for providing environmental, personal, and health care services that contribute to client/family health, well...
  3. Home Care Aide Springfield, MA Baystate Health
    Like any organization, it's the people that make the difference- Are you ready for the challenge? Do You Know Who We Are? We are Baystate Health- one of the largest health care systems in New England with over 11,500 employees, five hospitals...
  4. Home Care Aide Fort Dodge, IA UnityPoint Health-Fort Dodge
    Ensures quality and safe delivery of services to patients according to care plan under the supervision of appropriate licensed personnel. Uses equipment and supplies safely, effectively, and efficiently....
  5. Home Health Aide Springfield, MA Sisters of Providence Health System
    Provides personal care and assist with ADL's and designated health care services in compliance with the agency's policies and procedures in the home environment. Must have home health aide certification. Must have reliable transportation and be...
  6. Home Health Aide St. Cloud, MN CentraCare Health
    *This is a part-time (benefit eligible) Home Health Aide that will be scheduled 6 days per two week period, but need the ability to flex up to 10 days due to business needs and vacation coverage.* Position will work 48-80 hours per 2 week...
  7. Home Health Aide Roslindale, MA Hebrew SeniorLife
    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,...
  8. Home Health Aide St. Cloud, MN CentraCare Health
    Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) required Valid Minnesota Drivers License required Encourages and facilitates the resident's self care skills. Provides periods of stimulation, relaxation, and socialization within the social model of care....
  9. Home Health Aide St. Cloud, MN CentraCare Health
    Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) required Encourages and facilitates the resident's self care skills. Provides periods of stimulation, relaxation, and socialization within the social model of care. Monitors the safety of cognitively impaired...
  10. Home Health Aide St. Cloud, MN CentraCare Health
    Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) required Valid Minnesota Drivers License required Encourages and facilitates the resident's self care skills. Provides periods of stimulation, relaxation, and socialization within the social model of care....
  11. Home Health Aide Sunnyside, WA Sunnyside Community Hospital
    JOB QUALIFICATIONS Experience: One year work experience in a related field. Education: High school diploma/GED.Possess proof of successful completion of a 120-hour Home Health Aide training or a competency evaluation program or state licensure...
  12. Home Health Aide Sioux Center, IA Sioux Center Health
    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...
  13. HOME HEALTH AIDE Crosby, MN Cuyuna Regional Medical Center
    Home Health Aide is a member of the Home Care/Hospice team. Home Health Aides delegated duties of direct and indirect patient care under supervision. Home Health Aides must continually strive to provide the highest possible level of care for the...
  14. Home Health Aide-.5 Mason City, IA Mercy Medical Center North Iowa
    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...
  15. Hospice Aide - Hospice Home Care (Florence) Full-time Florence, SC McLeod Health
    The Hospice Aide provides personal care and homemaker services to Hospice patients in their place of residence, under the supervision of a RN. The Hospice Aide is supervised by a Patient Care Manager and receives direct and indirect supervision...