Home Health Aides
What Home Health Aides Do
Home health aides help people with disabilities, chronic illness, or cognitive impairment with activities of daily living. They often help older adults who need assistance. In some states, home health aides may be able to give a client medication or check the client’s vital signs under the direction of other healthcare practitioner. Home health aides held about 913,500 jobs in 2014. They work in a variety of settings, including clients’ homes, group homes, and day services programs.
How to Become a Home Health Aide
Home health aides working in certified home health or hospice agencies must complete formal training and pass a standardized test.
Pay – Job Outlook
The median annual wage for home health aides was $21,920 in May 2015. Employment of home health aides is projected to grow 38 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.
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