Home health aides provide assistance to elderly, disabled, ill and mentally disabled persons who live in their own homes or in residential care facilities.
Some home health aides work with families in which a parent is incapacitated and small children need care. Others help discharged hospital patients who have relatively short-term needs. The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that the home health aide is projected to be the fastest-growing occupation through 2024. Numerous job openings with excellent opportunities are expected. Job opportunities will be prevalent in hospitals, clinics, rehabilitation centers, home care, long-term care facilities, hospice and assisted living facilities. Home health aides can be paid employees who come into the home for a few hours a day or who live in the home full time or can be family members or friends of the resident.
This comprehensive program prepares students for positions as home health aides. Emphasis is on giving personal care in a client’s home, communication, working with ill persons, basic human needs, eldercare, nutrition, special diets and home management. Many different types of individuals require assistance in daily tasks, assistance with minor medical tasks and companionship because they are ill, elderly or disabled in some way. They may be of any age, and live at home or in a homelike residential facility. Home health aides provide this assistance entirely or provide some of the care to allow family caregivers a respite. This program will ensure students are prepared to provide a variety of essential services for their clients, including healthcare management and monitoring, assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs) ranging from bathing, dressing, eating, using the bathroom, housekeeping and laundry, to medication reminders and/or management, recreational activities and companionship, security, and transportation.
Optional Volunteer Externship Opportunity
Learners who complete this program can gain valuable hands-on experience in an optional volunteer externship opportunity with a local company/agency/organization whose work aligns with this area of study. As learners progress through their e-learning program, an externship coordinator will reach out to coordinate placement.
Note: Additional documentation, including health records, immunizations, drug screening, criminal background checks, etc., may be required by the externship facility.
Self-paced online content. Start anytime. Take up to six months to complete.
Who Will Benefit:
- Those interested in healthcare
- Those interested in hospice
- Those interested in taking care of family members in need of personal healthcare
- Those interested in wound and catheter care, administering medication, and other medical duties