How to Get a Job as a Home Health Aide
Aside from training—formal or otherwise—sound interpersonal skills and respect for others behoove anyone interested in breaking into this profession, says Lisa Gurgone, executive director for the Massachusetts Council for Home Care Aide Services. 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.”
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 post-surgery patients and assist them in making simple meals and getting to and from the bathroom. Home health aides that work in privately-paid, private-duty settings might only see one or two patients a day. Their stress level can range from a six to seven on a 10-point scale due to difficult family dynamics, Devoti says. For instance, losing a patient who has become the aide’s close friend can heighten stress. Learning to not get too emotionally involved with clients takes practice, she says.