Home Health Aide

Home health aides help people with disabilities, chronic illness, or cognitive impairment with activities of daily living.

Introduction:

Home health aides, unlike personal care aides, typically work for certified home health or hospice agencies that receive government funding and therefore must comply with regulations. They work under the direct supervision of medical professionals, usually nurses. These aides keep records of services performed and of clients’ conditions and progress. They report changes in clients’ conditions to supervisors or case managers. Home health aides also work with therapists and other medical staff.

Miami Coral Park & Southwest Adult Education Center offer the Advanced Home Health Aide course. Students in this module have already completed a Nursing Assistant program.  After completing this module, the student will have achieved the occupational completion point of Advanced Home Health Aide (a home health aide who is also a nursing assistant).  This program also meets the requirements of Home Health Aide as stated in Rules of the Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services, Division of Health, Chapter 10D-68 – Minimum Standards for Home Health Agencies. The recommended length of instruction for this module is 50 clock hours but no less than 20.  Beginning 1995-96, secondary students who have completed the course 8417210 Nursing Assistant should take this module to become a home health aide.

Employment Opportunities:

Depending on their clients’ needs, home health aides may provide some basic health-related services, such as checking a client’s pulse, temperature, and respiration rate. They may also help with simple prescribed exercises and or with giving medications. Occasionally, they change bandages or dressings, give massages, care for skin, or help with braces and artificial limbs. With special training, experienced home health aides also may help with medical equipment such as ventilators, which help clients breathe.

Employment of home health aides is projected to grow 38 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Career Opportunities:

  • Home Health Aide

Salary:

The average wage for this career is $11.35 hourly or $23,600 annually.

 

Location and Hours:

  • American Adult Education Center (Certificate – 140 Hours)
  • Hialeah-Miami Lakes Adult and Community Education Center (Certificate – 140 Hours)
  • Miami Coral Park Adult Education Center (Certificate – 140 Hours)
  • Southwest Adult Education Center (Certificate – 140 Hours)
  • North Miami Adult Education Center (Certificate – 140 Hours)
  • Robert Morgan Educational Center & Technical College (Certificate – 140 Hours)

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