Home Health Aide
A home health aide or personal caregiver helps the elderly, disabled, or infirm, by providing the care they need to remain at home. The aide may provide assistance either in a patient’s home, a residential facility, or a day program.
A home health aide is supervised by a medical professional, usually a nurse, and is typically employed by a certified home health care agency or hospice agency. Home caregivers, companions, or personal attendants may be employed by various public and private agencies, or directly by a patient’s family.
A home aide provides assistance such as:
- checking a patient’s vital signs (pulse rate, temperature, respiration)
- monitoring a patient’s medication schedule
- light housekeeping
- preparing meals
- completing errands
Beyond direct assistance to the patient, home health aides also help the family. Aides provide the assistance a family needs to keep their loved one at home. As anyone who’s experienced this situation will tell you, it’s difficult for a family to provide all the services a loved one requires in order to remain in the home. Often, families find they simply don’t have the time or resources to deliver the required care. Bringing in a compassionate and caring home health aide or caregiver can relieve the entire family’s daily burden and ease the care for a loved one.
Reports from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate that the home health aide option is growing in popularity and the employment statistics bear this out. Job growth is expected to increase by a whopping 46 percent between 2008 and 2018, faster than the average for all occupations tracked by the Bureau.
With the growing population of seniors–and the preference of many seniors to remain in their own home for as long as possible–it’s likely the strong labor market will continue.
Home Health Aide Guide
We created the Home Health Aide Guide website to be a resource for people who want to become a home health aide, as well as families who want to hire a home health home aide to help their loved one stay at home. The resources here include feature articles, blog posts, and other information and materials to help you.
Resources for Caregivers
If you want to pursue this as a career, you need to learn more about what an aide does, certification and training required, how requirements vary by state and employer, and how to find a job.
Resources for Families
If you want to get support for yourself or your loved one at home, you need to know what services a home health aide can provide and how to hire one.