Home Health Aides work under the supervision of a licensed nurse and usually are responsible for the care of elderly, very ill or disabled patients who require additional medical aid.
Home Health Aide careers can include day visits or live in home care services.
Home Health Aide students do all of the things that a Nursing Assistant does and must have completed the Nursing Assistant Training Program prior to taking the Home Health Aide courses or becoming a Home Health Aide.
A HOME HEALTH AIDE IS SOMETIMES
THE ONLY CONNECTION A PATIENT HAS
HOME HEALTH AIDE DUTIES MAY INCLUDE:
Preparing Medical Instruments
Setting Up Medical Equipment
Recording Patient Fluid Intake and Output
Stocking Medical Supplies
Assisting at Nurse or Doctor Direction
Patient Bed Pan Cleaning
Emptying of Catheter Bag Contents
Helping patients Ambulate
Help run errands
Massaging patients and applying treatments
Provide emotional support to patient and/or family
Plan or prepare meals
PLACES THAT MAY HIRE HHA:
Home Health Care Agencies
Home Health Aide Students need to have successfully completed Nursing Assistant Training Program
ADMISSION PROCESS AND REQUIREMENTS
Must be at least 16 years old (with written essay)
Complete H.H.A Application
High School Diploma or GED
Students without a High School Diploma or GED will need to pass the Wonderlic "Ability to Benefit" test
Interview with Program Director
Complete screening Policy
Complete a Nurse Assistant Training program
Subject and Hours:
Introduction to Aide and Agency Role
Interpretation of Medical and Social
Personal Care Services
20 (5) Theory (15) Clinical
8 (5) Theory (3) Clinical
Cleaning and Care Tasks in the Home
5 (3) Theory (2) Clinical
Total Hours: 40 - (17) Theory (23) Clinical
HHA CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENT
Upon successful completion of this 40 hour course student will be able to complete State Application for initial certification form 283b and will receive certification in the mail.
There is no state exam for this course.