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What is a Home Health Aide? (And How Do I Become One?)

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For people who’ve dealt with illness or injury, recent hospitalization, or are elderly and just need some extra assistance, entire teams of caregivers can be assembled swiftly and expertly to tend to their needs. Care teams typically have physicians, skilled nurses, and even dedicated in-home caregivers that all work together to keep the patient’s health on track, quality of life excellent, and independence within sight. But oftentimes there’s a member of the care team that, more than anyone else, serves as the eyes and ears for the patient’s overall health and wellbeing, and this person isn’t necessarily a healthcare professional at all: he or she is a home health aide, and is an essential part of that patient’s life.

The home health aide is the first line of support for patients requiring in-home care. Aides are often with their patients 40 hours a week, and assist with tasks of daily living, ensure a positive quality of life, and offer companionship and a friendly ear. Services provided by a home health aide include:

  • Assisting with showers & baths
  • Assisting with dressing
  • Hair, skin, foot, nail and oral care
  • Medication reminders
  • Meal preparation
  • Assisting with feeding
  • Assisting with ambulation (wheelchair, walker, cane, etc.)
  • Cleaning dentures
  • Washing clothes & linens
  • Light housekeeping
  • Repositioning in bed
  • Emptying urinary and ostomy bags
  • Limiting or encouraging fluids.

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What’s more, the home health aide is a patient’s lifeline. An aide is tasked with observing, documenting, and monitoring their patients’ health – when illness or issue occurs, it is the home health aide who must call upon the rest of the care team to ensure the patient’s health is prioritized. The home health aide also offers a friendly face and loving support: companionship for a person enduring illness or difficulty is paramount, and the loving, congenial spirit of the right home health aide can offer to heal beyond the purely medical.

Truly, a career that lets you offer this kind of love and support daily to someone in need is one of the most fulfilling and rewarding. And if you feel you’re the right person to take on this important and meaningful work, the role of home health aide can be yours! A home health aide does not need a medical degree, a college degree or even a high school diploma necessarily. Many home health agencies (like Ameribest Home Care) offer hands-on training, so you can enter into your patients’ home prepared and ready to take charge in assisting with their care and activities of daily living. Wages are competitive, and demand for home health aides will only grow in the foreseeable future.

What’s perhaps best about the position of home health aide is that, in many cases, the home health aide is a paid professional caring for their own loved one at home. If you’ve got a loved one who is struggling with activities of daily living as they age, or has just come out of the hospital, you could be the help that they’re looking for. The care and assistance that you’re offering your loved one already could be a part of your paid profession – imagine that! Reach out to Ameribest Home Care if this sounds like you – Ameribest is truly the best at hiring and training kind, talented, and capable home health aides, and is there to support you in your career journey. A fulfilling, rewarding, and exciting career of caring for your loved one or others in need could easily be in your future, and Ameribest Home Care can help you get there.