Home Health Aide
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What does a Home Health Aide do?
Home Health Aides (HHA henceforth) work in the patients’ homes and help them with day-to-day tasks such as cleaning, cooking, bathing, and running errands.
HHAs keep an eye on their patients’ physical and mental health. This can include helping them exercise and prepare healthy meals. HHAs need to be able to stand and move around for long periods of time, and be mentally and physically able. HHAs mainly work with the elderly and the sick and usually work 40 hours a week, though oftentimes includes weekends and holidays.
HHAs make up a substantial amount of the direct care workforce, second only to CNAs. Direct care includes long-term care and personal assistance. Typically, direct care professionals work in the home or community-based settings.
Minimal required experience. Typically, there is no need for college education. Most home health aides are trained on the spot. In some cases, employers will require home health aides to go through extensive training and get certified within the first four months of employment.
Communication, medical knowledge, physical stamina, patience, compassion, attention to detail, flexibility/adaptability cleanliness, time management, interpersonal skills, time management, on-the-spot decision making, and ability to drive a vehicle.
Typical tasks of a Home Health Aide include monitoring patient condition by observing physical and mental conditions, supporting patients by providing housekeeping and laundry services, shopping for food and other household items, preparing and serving meals and snacks, and running errands.
The average hourly wage in New York State for HHAs is $13.42
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