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The Responsibilities of a Home Health Aide

A career as a Home Health Aide (HHA) may be ideal for you, if your ambition is a career that is not only satisfying but also has a positive impact on the lives of others.

Home Health Aides work with disabled persons, but caring for the elderly is the most popular job for an HHA. The need for this type of specialized care by dedicated and trained Home Health Aides is increasing, as more seniors, opt to live in their homes.
Although seniors who are healthy may not require the services of skilled nurses, they do need some form of assistance in their daily lives. Providing help with the daily needs of a senior is one of the functions of an HHA.

Some of the duties include assisting the senior to bathe and dress, ensuring that a nutritious diet is followed as well as any instructions given by their doctor regarding medication.

The senior will also require companionship, as this is very valuable to an elderly person. The HHA will, therefore, need to converse with them and read to them among other things.

As a Home Health Aide, there will be certain errands that the senior will need assistance with, such as grocery shopping, the collection of mail from the post office, and taking clothing to the cleaners.

It’s important that an HHA be able to follow instructions closely and maintain records. Details of the health and behavior of the senior must be recorded in a notebook, as well as any important changes. This will allow for the effective tracking of the progress of the senior, by their supervising nurse or physician.

Once an elderly person has a safe, healthy environment at home, this will provide the foundation for happiness and health as he continues to age. As a Home Health Aide, it will be your responsibility to ensure he or she is kept safe and healthy.

Training is available for you to be successful in your new career, from which both you and the senior will be able to benefit. This could be the most rewarding career decision you will ever make.

6 Responses so far.

  1. Chelle Roberts says:

    Home health aide is a very challenging profession. The key to success in this kind of job is patience and dedication. Their heart, mind and soul should be ready whenever they are doing their every day tasks because they do not simply give aid or assistance, they make the patient’s life happier and convenient.

  2. daphne says:

    This blog enlightens us of the duties and responsibilities of a Home Health Aide. Following instructions closely and maintaining records to effectively keep track of the progress of the senior by their supervising nurse or physician is very important to be qualified as a Home Health Aide.

  3. Leila says:

    To those who are looking for encouraging articles about being a Home Health Aide, this post is for you. It broadens our knowledge as to what they actually do, and makes discernment (if in the dilemma of choosing the right path in career) a bit easier. Practicing this kind of profession is indeed very fulfilling–hard, but it warms the heart.

  4. udayakumar says:

    This is a great option for those who wish to help others. Home health aide training should help one understand the needs of the elderly and also to overcome challenges that one may face in taking care of the elderly.

  5. Yvonne Teller says:

    This is a wonderful article full of inspirational advice. I was thinking of changing my profession a little while back and hearing about HHA work has really given me more food for thought. I think perhaps the most rewarding part of the job (from what I can tell from your article) is the joy and happiness you can give to those you are helping. I really believe this is something special.

  6. Brandie says:

    Very informative on not only listing the daily requirements of this career path, but also listing the wonderful benefits that stem from choosing it for the patient and the caregiver. That you noted how companionship is such a key role is more than ideal – sadly many seniors become lonely often and pointing out that aspect can make both future home health aides and seniors receive better relationships from knowing this before hand. Thank you for a great article!

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