Home health aides, or home attendants, assist in the personal and daily care for elderly, handicapped, or recuperating patients in their homes.
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Home health aides work in private homes and are usually employed by hospitals, home health care agencies, visiting nurse associations, public health departments and volunteer agencies. They assist patients with daily activities such as getting in and out of bed, going out of the house, dressing, bathing, eating, shopping, and cleaning. Home health aides also provide companionship to patients by talking to them, reading, or just playing games. Performing miscellaneous duties for patients is an ongoing part of a home health aide's job. Home health aides are supervised by a registered nurse, physical therapist or other health professional.
A related occupation is a Home Care Aide – someone who takes care of cooking, cleaning and other jobs around the home – usually for an elderly person.
Home health aides usually must pass a competency test that covers different areas of skill and care including communication skills, observation, reading and recording vital signs, basic elements of body function, emergency procedure awareness, basic nutrition and personal hygiene and grooming. Classroom and practical training programs are offered through vocational/technical colleges, or by the employer. Certification is offered through the Foundation for Hospice and Home Care.
Blackhawk Technical College
Nicolet Area Technical College
Northcentral Technical College
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College - Ashland
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College - New Richmond
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College - Rice Lake
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College - Superior
American Health Care Association
1201 L Street NW
Washington, DC, 20005
National Association for Home Care and Hospice
228 Seventh St. SE
Washington, DC, 20003
202/546-4759 or 202/547-7424
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