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The Responsibilities of a Home Health Aide

If you are searching for a career that will be satisfying and provide the means for you to make a positive difference in the lives of other persons, then a career as an HHA is ideal for you.

A Home Health Aide works with disabled persons, but caring for the elderly is the most popular role performed by an HHA. More seniors are choosing to live in their own homes, and consequently, require the services of trained Home Health Aides on an increasing basis.

Although healthy seniors may not need skilled nursing services, they do need assistance in their everyday lives. An HHA also helps seniors with their daily needs, as a part of their job function.

Some examples of the duties they may be required to perform include assisting in the bathing and dressing of the senior, ensuring that the instructions of the doctor regarding the taking of medication is followed, and that nutritious meals are consumed.

Companionship to the senior is also provided by the HHA, as he may simply need someone to converse with, or to read for him or just provide companionship for an elderly person, who sees this as valuable.

Assisting with carrying out errands for a senior is also done by the Home Health Aide. Other duties could include taking clothing to the cleaners, grocery shopping, or collecting mail at the post office.

An HHA must possess the ability to closely follow instructions and keep records. Any changes in the senior’s health or behavior must be documented in a notebook. The supervising nurse and the attending physician will use this information to keep track on his progress.

Living in a safe, healthy home will contribute to an elderly person enjoying health and happiness in his later years. It will be your responsibility to keep him safe and healthy if you make the decision to work as a Home Health Aide.

Training is available for you to be successful in your new career. It can be a rewarding experience for you, and both you and the seniors in your care will benefit.

5 Responses so far.

  1. Robert says:

    This is a great post and I was wondering if you can take this kind of training even if you don’t plan to use this training in a professional stand point but merely to take care of your loved ones that are in need of this type of assistance? I have parents that will need this and I can either hire someone to do it or take a more loving approach and do it myself.

  2. Gerald says:

    Trends in Health Care Since the Visiting Nurses Service of New York’s founding in 1893, medical knowledge has changed dramatically. As new discoveries and advances are made, patients live longer, and diseases and conditions that were once uncommon are now major causes of discomfort, disability and use of health care services. Monitoring developments in research and tracking changes in patient demographics are critical to ensuring that patients are receiving proper treatment and care in the setting they prefer-at home in their community. I mention this because if you are on the career path of a Nurse Aide, you should know how this organization supports workers.

  3. Curtis says:

    I suppose every industry has its bad apples. This was driven home to me today when I watched a disturbing video captured by surveillance cameras which shows a home health care aide abusing a 78-year-old Queens stroke victim, slapping his trembling arm and jerking his head by his nose while trying to force-feed him. The family of a 115-pound man paralyzed on his left side who has trouble speaking and swallowing food, installed the surveillance cameras after the man told them a home health aide provided by Personal-Touch Home Care treated him improperly.

  4. Vaughn says:

    Many person’s wonder about how to “tip their parent’s caregiver as a way to show appreciation for their loyalty and hard work is a thoughtful gesture. This is especially true if a home health aide pitched in with extra hours, or went beyond the call of duty during a difficult time. There isn’t a “formula, as there is in restaurants. So, it is up to you, but here are some general guidelines to consider. To begin, I would wait at least 60 days from the caregiver’s start date so your mother and you can get to know her well and make sure that she is a good fit for your mother’s needs.

  5. Scott says:

    There is no doubt that this is a good career path to follow, but you have to be cut out for it. I’ve heard stories from fellow aides, of clients trying to stab them (happened to me too.) often clients accuse you of things you didn’t do. The homes can be over-cluttered and filthy. Literally FILTHY. If you cant take strong overbearing smells, insects, pet dander, etc.. that you cant escape for a 4-8 hour shifts, I would think twice.

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