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.