How To Find A Home Health Aide Job
How to Find A Home Health Aide Job
When you are looking to find a job as a Home Health Aide, how much experience do you need? What if you have little or no training, how do you find a job? And, finally, how do you know if you have the “right stuff” to be a Home Health Aide? To find the answer to these questions, the information below will help you.
Do you have what it takes?
Home health care work isn’t for everyone; it takes a very special individual. So there are some questions you need to ask yourself and answer honestly before you decide to pursue this avenue of employment.
- Can you handle the responsibility? There is a lot of responsibility when dealing with patients one-on-one. Sometimes a patient’s life depends on what you notice or don’t notice. Also you never know what situation you’re walking into every day. Your patient may be fine one day and be in distress the next. And it’s up to you to handle the situation as you find it daily.
- Are you independent? Most of the time, a Home Health provider may not see another co-worker. Pertinent information is exchanged by telephone and patient journals for the job. But some people can’t stand the isolation and lack of supervision when working. If you need a lot of supervision and interaction with other people, the home health care field may not be for you then.
- Can you build a relationship? Because you generally see the same patient over and over again, you need to build a relationship. This is because you will be interacting with one patient instead of a number of patients. A big plus in this is that you will be seeing your patients get better under your care. A minus is that some of them may pass away regardless of how good your care is as most will be older.
What kind of experience do you need?
If you want to become a Home Health Aide, you don’t need a formal education or a high school diploma or even experience. However, having a diploma or a GED is an advantage. If your employer receives reimbursement from Medicare, then you would have to pass a competency test too. This test covers a wide area of knowledge within home health care.
Also every state has different requirements to work as a Home Health Aide. You would have to contact the Board of Nursing via the National Council of State Board of Nursing in your state to find out the requirements. For example, the Board of Nursing would explain whether you would need to be licensed or certified and the type and amount of training required. It would also tell you what types of exams you need to pass and you may need a background check in your state. Plus in some states, not all, you have to become a Certified Nursing Assistant before you can even take the state exam.
How can you find a job with no or little training?
There are different options if you have little or no training to get a job as a Home Health Aide. For one, some Home Health Aides get training through different programs besides the training and certificate programs. It depends if they want to work as home care aides or as certified aides. Some different options are explained below:
- You can receive “hands-on” training. This is where you learn as you go by working with your client directly. Or you could work with another aide for a few days until you’re familiar with your client’s needs. Or you can receive basic instructions from the family of your patient.
- If you need to be CPR certified or first aid certified, you can take courses through the Red Cross. These programs are provided at little or no cost. Also, you can check with your local hospital or other type for healthcare facility that may have these courses open to the public.
- If you are a home health aide with Hospice Agencies, you can receive free training from the hospice agency. They ask that you commit yourself, in return, for a specified period of time as a payment and then you are free to move on.
- Sometimes if you’re hired by the family of your patient directly, they may have training in mind they want you to have. The family may be willing to pay for the fees and cost of the training if you take the class while caring for their loved one.
- Hospitals and health insurance companies may offer programs to become home health aides. You have to apply and the applications are considered carefully for individuals who would benefit from the program. Applications are screened for individuals who may not have an opportunity to start a new career otherwise. Also, these programs are only offered at certain times of the year.
- If you are on public assistance or unemployment benefits, you may qualify for assistance in paying for some of your HHA training. Some job placement groups and public welfare systems could have partnerships with a healthcare agency to help people who are willing to gain the knowledge to be a HHA. If you would qualify for this program to receive the training, you may also qualify to have the cost of other work related expenses and uniforms covered.
- You could be reimbursed by your employer if you go to work for them soon after your training. Some home health agencies provide this as an added incentive to attract new Home Health Aides.
If you genuinely enjoy helping people in need of care and want to participate in improving their quality of life, being a Home Health Aide may be the perfect job for you!