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Home Health Care Jobs Without A Nursing Degree

Updated on March 23, 2011

Being a Home Health Aide is a demanding, tiring, and often stressful career but it is also extremely satisfying.  Because of the work done by Aides, the elderly, those recovering from illnesses, those with mental or physical disabilities as well as those who are terminally ill are able to stay in the comfort of their own homes where they are happiest.  If you love people, this may be a career you would enjoy.  Before making any decisions it is wise to learn something about the job itself.

Although they work largely alone, Home Health Aides are always under the constant supervision of nurses, physicians or other medical personnel.  They work mainly in the client's homes.  Most clients are elderly though some with disabilities or terminally ill,may be quite young.  Aides must be physically strong, kindly, compassionate, non-judgmental, and professional.  They must be well organized, hard-working, mentally stable, able to follow instructions exactly, and able to work independently.

As Home Health aides work directly with the elderly and ill, they must pass a medical exam and be cleared of tuberculosis.  In their work Health Aides may be exposed to infections and disease.  Because of the aging population, and the realization that most patients do best when in their own homes, there is a growing demand for Home Health Aides.

If you are interested in any career in the medical field, becoming a Home Health Aide may be a good way to start.  Many Aides go on to become nurses and other medical professionals.

Although most Home Health Aides are trained by the agency that hires them, any previous related experience is a benefit to you.  If you are still in High School, take any available courses offered in First Aid, Health Care or Science.  Volunteer in your local hospital, school, or seniors' home.  This will give you some experience in working around the ill and people of all ages.   Home Health Aide is considered and entry level position.  If you wish to advance in the Health Care System, you will require more training.

Home Health Aides perform many tasks, which may include checking vital signs, assisting with prescribed exercises or recreational activities, bathing, grooming, and keeping patient records.  Aides may also change bedding, help with cleaning, food preparation,and laundry, run errands, and take clients to appointments or simply for outings.  Lifting, transferring, and managing wheelchairs is all in a days work for the Home Health Aide.  Home Health aides also administer prescribed medications.

Generally Home Health Aides work a forty hour week, but because of the clientele served and the nature of the work, Aides may be required to work weekends, holidays, or evenings.  Aides may deal with several clients in one day or may stay with the same client indefinitely.  Home Health Aides provide an essential service for many in our communities.



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      billips 

      6 years ago from Central Texas

      Thank you for reading and commenting Twilanelson - caring for others, in their own homes, with understanding and compassion, is possibly one of the most difficult jobs available - the people that do this work deserve the greatest respect - B.

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      Twila Nelson 

      6 years ago from Carmichael, California

      I wish that keeping our seniors healthy, comfortable and smiling (happy) was a priority for everyone. I have worked as an in home care worker, chore worker, nurses assistant and an activities director assistant in a skilled nursing facility throughout several years and I have a strong respect for nurses, nurses assistants, CNA's, and home health care providers. I especially respect those of us who are patient and compassionate enough to work with their own parents and families, keeping them at home in familiar surroundings. Thank you for a useful Hub.

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      billips 

      6 years ago from Central Texas

      Thank you for reading and commenting Phoenix2327 - I have the greatest admiration for your daughter and others who do this type of work - it is not easy, but it is because of their services that so many of our fellow citizens can remain safe and happy in their own homes - regards - B.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      My daughter works in this career field. She started out as a community worker, visiting several clients during her work day. She is now working in a care home with a team that looks after 40+ patients. It is very demanding work, as you pointed out.

      This is a very good lens and would recommend it to anyone interested in this field.

      Voted up, useful and intersting.

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      Twila Nelson 

      6 years ago from Carmichael, California

      This Hub covers many important points of working as a home health care aide. Thank you.

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      Admin 

      7 years ago

      Going explanation on the profession.

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      doodlebugs 

      9 years ago from Southwest

      Great hub on this very important health care job. Welcome to Hubpages!

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