Occupation Info

Home Health Aide

Overview: Home health aides care for the elderly, the handicapped or persons convalescing from an illness or injury by perfoming health care tasks in the patient's home. They administer medications, change bandages and dressings and assist in therapeutic exercises.
Duties: They meet with social workers, nurses, physicians, and family members to receive instructions for the type of care needed by a patient. They discuss care plans with the patient.

They administer medications and home treatments to patients. They may prepare meals and help patients bathe and dress. They provide counseling and psychological support to comfort patients.

They conduct evaluation reports for physicians and social workers to describe the patient's progress in recovering from an illness or coping with handicaps.

Provide leisure and recreational activities for patients such as reading, games or therapeutic and skill building exercises. Act as an instructor to demonstrate self-care skills to be learned.

Degree(s): A.A.S. Nursing 
A.A.S./B.S. QCC/Hunter Dual/Joint Nursing 
Job Outlook: Employment of home health aides is expected to grow much faster than average through 2018 due, in large part, to the projected rise in the number of elderly people, an age group that often has mounting health problems and needs some assistance with daily activities. The elderly and other clients, such as the mentally disabled, increasingly rely on home care.
Salary Range (National Average): $19,000 to $24,000
Growth: Growth
Education Level: Training for this occupation generally requires a High School Degree, plus additional coursework in a vocational or technical school. In some cases, employers may require an Associate Degree.
Additional Training/Education: Employers of home health aides prefer to hire applicants with an associate degree. Study programs for home health aides should include patient and nursing care, nutrition and first aid. Further studies and a written examination can lead to a position of a licensed practical nurse.
Recommended Skills:
  • Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Being aware of the reactions of others, and understanding why they react the way they do.
  • Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
  • Teaching others how to do something.
Recommended Values:
  • Being involved in helping other people in a direct way either individually or in a small group.
 

* National data collected by the Department of Labor in 2014 with projections through 2024. For New York green job information .

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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreementswith other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.

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