Home Health Aides

Home Caretaker

Home health aides help patients who are recovering from surgery, illness, or injury. They assist patients with daily living activities, such as bathing, dressing, and preparing meals
Home Caretaker
Are you a compassionate person? Ever helped care for a sick friend or family member? Learn how to do it professionally to make a big difference in people's lives every day.
Why Should You Consider This Career?

Make a difference in people's lives every day, Work as part of a team, Learn a skill that will allow you to live and work anywhere in the world!

That's $3,300 per bi-weekly paycheck
That's 2000 new jobs in Utah per year (30% growth)
Less Physical                                         More Physical
Less Training                                          More Training
More Structure                                     Less Structure
Caregiver, Certified Home Health Aide (CHHA), Certified Medical Aide (CMA), Certified Nurses Aide (CNA), Home Attendant, Home Care Aide, Home Health Aide (HHA), Home Health Provider, Hospice Aide, In Home Caregiver

Monitor the health status of an individual with disabilities or illness, and address their health-related needs, such as changing bandages, dressing wounds, or administering medication. Work is performed under the direction of offsite or intermittent onsite licensed nursing staff. Provide assistance with routine healthcare tasks or activities of daily living, such as feeding, bathing, toileting, or ambulation. May also help with tasks such as preparing meals, doing light housekeeping, and doing laundry depending on the patient's abilities.

At A Glance in US
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398,000 (35%)
398,000 (35%)
Caregiver, Certified Home Health Aide (CHHA), Certified Medical Aide (CMA), Certified Nurses Aide (CNA), Home Attendant, Home Care Aide, Home Health Aide (HHA), Home Health Provider, Hospice Aide, In Home Caregiver
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Your Typical Day:

  • Maintain records of patient care, condition, progress, or problems to report and discuss observations with supervisor or case manager.
  • Provide patients with help moving in and out of beds, baths, wheelchairs, or automobiles and with dressing and grooming.
  • Bathe patients.
  • Care for patients by changing bed linens, washing and ironing laundry, cleaning, or assisting with their personal care.
  • Entertain, converse with, or read aloud to patients to keep them mentally healthy and alert.
  • Plan, purchase, prepare, or serve meals to patients or other family members, according to prescribed diets.
  • Check patients' pulse, temperature, and respiration.
  • 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.
  • Perform a variety of duties as requested by client, such as obtaining household supplies or running errands.
  • Direct patients in simple prescribed exercises or in the use of braces or artificial limbs.
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Your Responsibilities

  • Maintain medical records.
  • Assist patients with daily activities.
  • Give medications or immunizations.
  • Engage patients in exercises or activities.
  • Feed patients.
  • Assess physical conditions of patients to aid in diagnosis or treatment.
  • Teach basic living or other adaptive skills to patients or caregivers.
  • Accompany patients or clients on outings to provide assistance.
  • Apply bandages, dressings, or splints.
  • Administer therapy treatments to patients using hands or physical treatment aids.
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Knowledge You Will Learn

  • Customer and Personal Service

Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction. 66/100

  • English Language

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. 61/100

  • Psychology

Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders. 40/100

  • Public Safety and Security

Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions. 40/100

  • Administration and Management

Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources. 38/100

  • Medicine and Dentistry

Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures. 36/100

  • Law and Government

Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process. 34/100

  • Telecommunications

Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems. 34/100

  • Transportation

Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits. 34/100

  • Education and Training

Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects. 33/100

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Tools of the Trade

  • Therapeutic ice packs or pillows
  • Wheelchairs
  • Shower or bath chairs or seats for the physically challenged
  • Lower extremity prosthetic devices
  • Glucose monitors or meters
  • Patient lifts
  • Canes
  • Upper extremity prosthetic devices
  • Ostomy appliances
  • Crutches
  • Abdominal binders
  • Electronic blood pressure units
  • Blanket frames or lifters
  • Vascular or compression apparel or support
  • Medical heat lamps
  • Notebook computers
  • Mercury blood pressure units
  • Extremities cradles
  • Knee therapeutic brace or support
  • Enema kits
  • Personal digital assistant PDAs or organizers
  • Walkers or rollators
  • Desktop computers
  • Walking braces
  • Transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation units
  • Home care ventilators
  • Patient stabilization or fall prevention devices
  • Oxygen therapy delivery system products
  • Urinalysis test strips
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