The Home Health Aides provide routine, personal healthcare, such as bathing, dressing, or grooming, to elderly, convalescent, or disabled persons in the home of patients or in a residential care facility.
Tasks for Home Health Aides
- The Home Health Aides maintain records of patient care, condition, progress, or problems to report and discuss observations with supervisor or case manager.
- The Home Health Aides provides patients with help moving in and out of beds, baths, wheelchairs or automobiles, and with dressing and grooming.
- The Home Health Aide provides patients and families with emotional support and instruction in areas such as caring for infants, preparing healthy meals, living independently, or adapting to disability or illness.
- The Home Health Aide change bed linens, wash and iron patients’ laundry, and clean patients’ quarters.
- The Home Health Aide entertains, converses with, or reads aloud to patients to keep them mentally healthy and alert.
- The Home Health Aide plan, purchases, prepares, or serves meals to patients or other family members, according to prescribed diets.
- The Home Health Aide directs patients in simple prescribed exercises or in the use of braces or artificial limbs.
- The Home Health Aide checks patients’ pulse, temperature and respiration.
- The Home Health Aide is responsible to change dressings on patients.
- The Home Health Aide performs a variety of duties as requested by client, such as obtaining household supplies or running errands.
Work Activities for Home Health Aides
- Assisting and Caring for Others- The Home Health Aide provides personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
- Getting Information- The Home Health Aide observes, receives, and otherwise obtains information from all relevant sources.
- Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates- The Home Health Aide provides information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
- Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events- The Home Health Aide identifies information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
- Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships- The Home Health Aide develops constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
- Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings- The Home Health Aide monitors and reviews information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
- Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others- The Home Health Aide handles complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, otherwise negotiating with others.
- Making Decisions and Solving Problems- The Home Health Aide analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
- Documenting/ Recording Information- The Home Health Aide enters, transcribes, records, stores, or maintains information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
- Organizing, Planning and Prioritizing Work- The Home Health Aide develops specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
Home Health Aide Abilities
- The Home Health Aide should have the ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
- The Home Health Aide should have the ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
- The Home Health Aide should have the ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
- The Home Health Aide needs the ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
- The Home Health Aide needs the ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
- The Home Health Aide needs the ability to see details at close range within a few feet of the observer.
- The Home Health Aide needs the ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events.
- The Home Health Aide needs the ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules for example patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations.
- The Home Health Aide needs the ability to exert maximum muscle forces to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
- The Home Health Aide needs the ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.