Home Health Aide Job Description

What is a Home Health Aide?

Home health aides help care for people with disabilities, chronic illnesses, age-related issues, and cognitive impairments. They do so by providing a range of personal care services to patients in their homes and are part of a wider home care team. Generally, home health aides work under the supervision of a registered nurse or therapist. They provide high quality care to patients by helping with personal care, assisting with daily living activities, and adhering to outlined policies and procedures.

It is preferred that home health aides have a Home Health Aide certification. Additionally, they need to be CPR certified and have a high school diploma or general education degree (GED). Much of home health aide training happens on-the-job from registered nurses. In order to succeed as a home health aide, one must possess strong interpersonal skills, an ability to prioritize tasks, and a focus on details.

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Job Overview

Here at Acme Corp, we are the leader in our field in the Springfield metro area. We're proud of our 3.6 Glassdoor rating from our employees. We're now hiring an experienced Home Health Aide to help us keep growing. If you're excited to be part of a winning team, Acme Corp is an ideal place to grow your career. Apply today!

Responsibilities for Home Health Aide

  • Perform personal care activities, including bathing, grooming, dressing, eating, and using the bathroom
  • Perform household duties, including meal preparation and light housekeeping
  • Provide patients with mobility assistance
  • Follow assignments and guidelines set by RNs, PTs, and/or OTs
  • Prepare and submit all documentation by established deadlines in conjunction with policies and prodceures
  • Report unusual behavior and any other pertinent patient information to supervisor
  • Show flexibility in responding to the needs of the patient
  • Oversee administration of medications

Qualifications for Home Health Aide

  • High school diploma or general education degree (GED) required
  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Home Health Aide certification preferred
  • Minimum of 6 months of work experience, preferably in home care, a skilled nursing facility, or hospital setting
  • Possess and maintain current CPR certification
  • Valid driver's license with a registered vehicle that is insured and can pass a safety inspection
  • Ability to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds
  • Strong reading, writing, and speaking skills (in English)
  • Comfortable with little supervision

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