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.