Home Health Aides

Health Science > Therapeutic Services

Projected Growth: Much faster than average

Projected Job Openings

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Job Description

Your job is to 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.

Common job titles of Home Health Aides include:

Experience and Education

Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.

  • 62.61% said they needed a High School Diploma.

  • 20.9% said they needed a Post-Secondary Certificate.


    Care for patients by changing bed linens, washing and ironing laundry, cleaning, or assisting with their personal care.

    Provide patients with help moving in and out of beds, baths, wheelchairs, or automobiles and with dressing and grooming.

    Check patients' pulse, temperature, and respiration.

    Direct patients in simple prescribed exercises or in the use of braces or artificial limbs.

    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.

    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.

    Bathe patients.

    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.

    Plan, purchase, prepare, or serve meals to patients or other family members, according to prescribed diets.

    Care for children who are disabled or who have sick or disabled parents.

    Massage patients or apply preparations or treatments, such as liniment, alcohol rubs, or heat-lamp stimulation.

    Perform a variety of duties as requested by client, such as obtaining household supplies or running errands.

    Accompany clients to doctors' offices or on other trips outside the home, providing transportation, assistance, and companionship.

    Change dressings.



Walking braces


Urinalysis test strips

Upper extremity prosthetic devices

Transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation TENS equipment


All Tools

Personal digital assistants PDA

Patient lifters

Oxygen equipment

Ostomy bags

Notebook computers

Manual blood pressure cuffs

Lower extremity prosthetic devices

Knee braces

Ice collars

Ice caps

Hoyer lifts

Home care ventilators

Heat lamps


Gait belts

Foot boards

Enema equipment

Electronic blood pressure cuffs

Desktop computers



Bed cradles

Bathtub seats

Anti-embolism elastic stockings

Abdominal binders




Salesforce software



Mi-Co software

Oracle software


Active Listening

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Service Orientation

Actively looking for ways to help people.

Social Perceptiveness

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.


Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.


Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.


Talking to others to convey information effectively.


Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.


Teaching others how to do something.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Active Learning

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Learning Strategies

Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.


Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Complex Problem Solving

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Judgment and Decision Making

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.


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