Health aides for the Sick and Elderly
The health care industry offers a range of job opportunities, and to get a good job, one has to be trained appropriately and qualified. The country’s population of individuals over the age of 60 is fast increasing, and there is an ever-growing demand for nursing assistants and home health aides. Successful completion of the stipulated courses qualifies a person for the job of a home health aide.
A home health aide is qualified to treat people who are chronically ill, have disabilities and/or suffer from age-related problems. The aides stay with the patients and elderly who are unable to look after themselves and take care of all their medical and personal needs. They are trained to check their temperature, respiration rate, pulse and other vital signs. They can also change bandages and administer all kinds of medications.
Most health aides register with a home health care agency, while others are self-employed. Although a high school diploma is not a must, most home health aides possess one. They receive on the job training from experienced health care aides and registered nurses.
A few states, however, expect aides to be qualified from home health care agencies, vocational schools and community colleges. The top training centers offer high quality education. They offer the best laboratories and academic facilities. The teachers are highly qualified and impart the clinical training needed to be a well-qualified aide.
Agencies that are entitled to US Medicare or Medicaid reimbursement must employ home health aides who have been issued the necessary certificates by a state approved training program and undergo competency evaluation. Home health aides who are licensed and certified still have to register themselves in the state in which they plan to work. The requirements of each state are different.
Interpersonal skills, detail-oriented, presence of mind, and time management skills are necessary to be a well-qualified and dependable aide. A few things a health aide will do regularly are, monitoring and keeping detailed records of the patient, discussing the status and condition of the patient with a case manager, and administering medication in the form of tablets and injections regularly.
The job of a home health aide may include helping patients move around their home and get in and out of bed. They may also have to bathe them and take care of all their personal needs and requirements. Health care aides change and launder linens and other belongings. They serve timely meals and keep patients occupied by having conversations with them or keeping them entertained. Many like this career choice because it is monetarily beneficial and allows them immense satisfaction and fulfillment.