The program will introduce the responsibilities of the Home Health Aide ethical and legal issues, communication, documentation, safety, OSHA, infectious diseases, restorative care, vital signs, nutrition, transfer techniques and issues of death and dying. The student will be introduced to the basics of anatomy and physiology, medical terminology as it relates to each body system.
The program is designed for the entry-level Home Health Aide who will be employed by agencies to work in the patient’s homes. The students will be trained to provide consistent quality care for patients in their home setting and returning them to pre-episodic level with disease limitations and to maximize rehabilitation level of function.
WHAT DO HOME HEALTH AIDS DO?
Home health aides provide companionship to clients.
Home health aides help people with disabilities, chronic illness, or cognitive impairment with activities of daily living. They often help older adults who need assistance. In some states, home health aides may be able to give a client medication or check the client’s vital signs under the direction of a nurse or other healthcare practitioner.
Home health aides typically do the following:
- Assist clients in their daily personal tasks, such as bathing or dressing
- Provide basic health-related services according to a client’s needs, such as checking vital signs or administering prescribed medication at scheduled times
- Do light housekeeping, such as laundry, washing dishes, and vacuuming in a client’s home
- Help to organize a client’s schedule and plan appointments
- Arrange transportation to doctors’ offices or for other kinds of outings
- Shop for groceries and prepare meals to meet a client’s dietary specifications
- Help to keep clients engaged in their social networks and communities