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Out of all of the jobs in the healthcare industry, home health aides may be On of the most in-demand careers.  Home health aides tend to be people who are compassionate, care about others, and enjoy helping other people.  Many people who are elderly, disabled, mentally incapacitated, or chronically ill are finding it possible to stay in their homes, rather then moving into an assisted living facility, thanks to home health aide’s jobs.  Home health aides also help relieve obligations of other family members, who may be too busy tending to work and children to provide the needed assistance.

Home health aides’ jobs include providing personal care and tending to day- to- day tasks, such as bathing and dressing.  They may shop for groceries and prepare meals for their clients, as well as  arranging transportation to and from appointments with doctors and other healthcare professionals.  They may perform or assist with general housekeeping tasks, such as doing the laundry, dishes or vacuuming.   Home health aides may also complete basic medical tasks, such as monitoring vital signs and assisting the nurse with basic medical care as prescribed by a doctor.

There are a variety of work environments that  encompass the jobs of home health aides.  There are home health aides that work for agencies that assign each aide to each client, and there are home health aides that are hired directly by the families of the patients.  The common thread between all home health aides’ jobs is that they work in the patient’s home.  A home Health aide may spend the day visiting and assisting several different clients or spends an entire wee or longer with one client.  Evening or weekend hours may be required, depending on the clients needs and whether or not the home health aide is working with the client on his or her own.

The education required to become a home health aide is minimal.  There is no requirement for a high school diploma or a college degree, and training is often provided on the job, often by nurses or other healthcare professionals.  Certification is available and may be required by some agencies, such as those that receive funding from Medicare or Medicaid.  Additionally, there may be requirements pertaining to a minimum number of hours of training.  Some states may require additional training or certification.

Home health aides’ jobs provide a vital service to clients who are disabled, elderly, chronically ill, or mentally incapacitated.  While advancement without further education may be limited, becoming a home health aide can be a fantastic stepping stone to to a successful career in the health care industry.