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Home Health Aides

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Home Health Aides Description

Provide routine individualized healthcare such as changing bandages and dressing wounds, and applying topical medications to the elderly, convalescents, or persons with disabilities at the patient's home or in a care facility. Monitor or report changes in health status. May also provide personal care such as bathing, dressing, and grooming of patient.

Home Health Aides Related Job Titles

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Home Health Aides Tasks
Core Tasks
  • Maintain records of patient care, condition, progress, or problems to report and discuss observations with supervisor or case manager.
  • Entertain, converse with, or read aloud to patients to keep them mentally healthy and alert.
  • Check patients' pulse, temperature, and respiration.
  • Provide patients with help moving in and out of beds, baths, wheelchairs, or automobiles and with dressing and grooming.
  • Care for patients by changing bed linens, washing and ironing laundry, cleaning, or assisting with their personal care.
Supplemental Tasks
  • Administer prescribed oral medications, under the written direction of physician or as directed by home care nurse or aide, and ensure patients take their medicine.
  • Care for children who are disabled or who have sick or disabled parents.
  • Direct patients in simple prescribed exercises or in the use of braces or artificial limbs.
  • Perform a variety of duties as requested by client, such as obtaining household supplies or running errands.
  • Plan, purchase, prepare, or serve meals to patients or other family members, according to prescribed diets.
  • Accompany clients to doctors' offices or on other trips outside the home, providing transportation, assistance, and companionship.
  • Provide 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.
  • Massage patients or apply preparations or treatments, such as liniment, alcohol rubs, or heat-lamp stimulation.
  • Change dressings.

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