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5 Creative Ways to Make More Money as a Home Health Aide

Updated on October 18, 2012
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5 Creative Ways to Make More Money as a Home Health Aide

As a Home Care Worker you have many opportunities. The home care industry is booming and Home Health Aide's are at the front line. Home Health Aide's are the eyes and ears of the nurse, so why shouldn't they make good money. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the annual yearly wage can be up to 29,390.

I doubt that includes overtime pay, so that is a potential for more money. Also, I must include that the basic criteria to becoming a Home Health Aide, is that you have to be 18 years old and have a basic reading level. The class can be 2-3weeks long and you can start making money.

These are 5 creative ways a Home Health Aide can make more money:

1) Upgrade your skills: Too many times Home Health Health Aides complain about not getting enough money per hour. However, they do not take the time to improve their clinical skills. A C.P.R class may get you more money or for example, a special training in handling Special Needs patients or T.B.I (Traumatic Brain Injury) patients.

Don't forget being that you have hands on patient care. Becoming a C.N.A (Certified Nursing Assistant) maybe something you can handle. Some CNA's make over 20.00/per hour with Shift differentials and the positions are union.

REMEMBER: It's a small sacrifice for a lifetime of paradise.

2)Be available to Work: This may seem obvious to some, but many Home health aides have small children at home and can not take extra work from your coordinator to make more money because of the lack of child care services.

Some times that babysitter can really come in handy when you need to make the extra holiday pay.

3) Market Yourself: That may not have sounded right *smile*, but seriously you really need to get yourself out of your shell. Your an experienced specially trained healthcare professional, ACT LIKE IT!

As a Home Health Aide you know how to care for people, so market yourself to your coordinators at the agency you currently work for. So, you can get that exclusive private(V.I.P) case. They may pay more money to take care of a V.I.P client. if anything they might have perks. You never know unless you try.

A private case can also be working for yourself. Put basic information about your skills and experience on internet classified ads, like Craigslist to get customers.

Many rich people DO NOT like to spend money. So, they will gladly be happy not to pay a home care agency and pay you out of their pocket, because it's cheaper for them.

It will be a higher wage(because you asked for more money) and the conditions might be better.

4)Work For Multiple Agencies: This can be tricky but, if the home care company does not mind, then your good. If one agency doesn't give you what your looking for in hours call your other agency to make up the difference.

5)Think out of the BOX: Every organization needs a health care department. Think about it. People fall, trip, and injury themselves all the time on the job there are medical personnel in all of these business establishments.

My point is that, because you have the health care experience and hands on care you can work for jobs that do not necessarily say "WE NEED HOME HEALTH AIDES". The job might say in the DESCRIPTION, "need someone with health care experience and hands on care" and might indicate that a health care certificate or degree would be preferred.

That is an opportunity waiting, right there. Many non traditional health care companies ask that many of there employees have health care experience. You have a better chance of getting that job, than someone who has business, banking, or retail experience.

Someone I know got a job working in transportation of medical patients, just because she had experience with hands on transferring of patients. She still had to get a C.D.L license, but she probably had a leg up from the competition that only worked driving the transport bus.

So, There you have it, 5 Creative ways to make more money if you have Home Health Aide Training. I hope these suggestions help, along with my examples.


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      Mish101 2 years ago

      Please don't lie to people and tell them that being a HHA will earn them 20 bucks an hour. They will be *extremely* lucky to get 10 an hour, no mileage/travel reimbursement, and clients who take advantage of you every chance they get. Most earn minimum wage.

      Stay away from this field, it's a dead end.