Home health aides provide routine, personal healthcare, such as bathing, dressing or grooming, to elderly, convalescent or disabled persons in their own home or in a residential care facility.
Home health aides make it possible for people requiring such care, to live in their own homes instead of in health care facilities. Under the direction of nursing or medical staff, they provide health-related services, such as administering oral medications. They may check a patient’s pulse, temperature and respiration rate, help with simple prescribed exercises, help patients get in and out of beds, baths, wheelchairs or cars, and with dressing and grooming. Occasionally, they may be required to change non-sterile dressings, give massages and apply preparations and treatments, such as liniment, alcohol rubs and heat-lamp stimulation, or assist with braces and artificial limbs.
Experienced home health aides, with proper training, may also assist with operating medical equipment such as ventilators, which enable patients to breathe. In some cases they may be asked by the client to do other duties, such as obtaining household supplies and running errands. They may be required to accompany clients to doctors’ rooms and on other trips outside the home, providing transportation, assistance and companionship.
Their tasks may include any of the following:
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