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How do you become a home health aide?

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A home health aide performs the basic patient care duties of a facility-based health aide, but for in-home clients. To work for a home health or hospice service, you must meet certain education and training requirements.

  1. Earn a high school diploma

    It is possible to get a home health job without a high school diploma, but the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that job opportunities are much greater with a diploma.

  2. Receive training

    College education is not required by employers, but a community college program is one path to training required in most states. Some states do not require any formal training prior to on-the-job training, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Whether it takes place prior to or at the onset of employment, training includes emphasis on providing personal hygiene, grooming care and basic health maintenance, such as changing bandages.

  3. Complete certification

    Certification requirements vary by state. Some states require certification while others do not. Employers often prefer certified candidates. Get certified with the National Association for Home Care & Hospice by documenting 75 training hours and passing a certification exam.

  4. Seek employment

    Armed with training and certification, seek employment opportunities with a home health service. Demonstrate interpersonal abilities, compassion and attention to detail.

Sources:

  1. bls.gov

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