What does a Home Health Aide do?
Home health aides deliver special care for patients who are ill, advanced in age or who have a disability. They work with patients by administering drugs, checking temperatures, checking respiration rates and pulse. They usually work under the strict supervision of medical experts like a registered nurse.
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Working as a Home Health Aide
The following are some of the duties of a home health aide:
- Assisting patients to get dressed and undressed
- Delivering and helping patients with bathing and cleaning
- Going with patients for their doctor visits
- Supervising the management of recommended drugs to patients
- Assist patients at home to handle their day-to-day homemaking duties
How much does a Home Health Aide make in the United States?
Average base salary
The average salary for a home health aide is $15.96 per hour in the United States and $4,000 overtime per year.151k salaries reported, updated at December 5, 2023
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Common questions about for a Home Health Aide
What is the job outlook for a home health aide (HHA)?
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects home health aides (HHAs) to have an above-average job growth rate of 36% between 2018 and 2028.
What is the difference between a home health aide (HHA) and a certified nursing assistant (CNA)?
Home health aides (HHAs) are not required to receive any formal educational training while certified nursing assistants (CNAs) must complete a formal training program in which they learn the basic principles of nursing, complete several hours of supervised clinical experience and pass a state licensing exam.
How long does it take to become a home health aide (HHA)?
The amount of time it takes to become a home health aide (HHA) depends on the requirements of the position and the location of the organization. Many candidates are hired with no experience and complete on-the-job training, while some employers prefer candidates with experience or certification.