How to Get a Job as a Home Health Aide
Employers often prefer to hire aides who are certified or have some formal training or experience. When interviewing for a job, emphasize your ability to communicate with and comfort people who may be coping with a chronic condition or disability. Sound interpersonal skills and respect for others are essential for anyone interested in caring for others, says Lisa Gurgone, executive director of the Home Care Aide Council in Massachusetts. Unflappability is a particularly pertinent skill. “You come into a lot of awkward situations,” she says. “You’re in the home by yourself, so you have to think on your feet and be comfortable meeting a lot of new people.”
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What is the Job Like?
Home health aides who work in intermittent care see about five or six patients each day. They administer care to patients recuperating from surgery and assist them with cooking meals and getting to and from the bathroom. Home health aides who work for private health care services might only see one or two patients a day. The stress that comes with the job can be high due to dealing with difficult family situations and ill patients, Devoti says. For instance, losing a patient who has become the aide’s close friend can heighten stress. Learning not to get too emotionally involved with clients takes practice, she says.
Last updated by Emily Brandon.