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Home Health Aides

Monitor the health status of an individual with disabilities or illness, and address their health-related needs, such as changing bandages, dressing wounds, or administering medication. Work is performed under the direction of offsite or intermittent onsite licensed nursing staff. Provide assistance with routine healthcare tasks or activities of daily living, such as feeding, bathing, toileting, or ambulation. May also help with tasks such as preparing meals, doing light housekeeping, and doing laundry depending on the patient's abilities.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Maintain records of patient care, condition, progress, or problems to report and discuss observations with supervisor or case manager.
    • Provide patients with help moving in and out of beds, baths, wheelchairs, or automobiles and with dressing and grooming.
    • Bathe patients.
    • Administer prescribed oral medications, under the written direction of physician or as directed by home care nurse or aide, and ensure patients take their medicine.
    • Care for patients by changing bed linens, washing and ironing laundry, cleaning, or assisting with their personal care.
    • Entertain, converse with, or read aloud to patients to keep them mentally healthy and alert.
    • Plan, purchase, prepare, or serve meals to patients or other family members, according to prescribed diets.
    • Care for children who are disabled or who have sick or disabled parents.
    • Check patients' pulse, temperature, and respiration.
    • Provide patients and families with emotional support and instruction in areas such as caring for infants, preparing healthy meals, living independently, or adapting to disability or illness.
    • Accompany clients to doctors' offices or on other trips outside the home, providing transportation, assistance, and companionship.
    • Perform a variety of duties as requested by client, such as obtaining household supplies or running errands.
    • Change dressings.
    • Direct patients in simple prescribed exercises or in the use of braces or artificial limbs.
    • Massage patients or apply preparations or treatments, such as liniment, alcohol rubs, or heat-lamp stimulation.

    Skills

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Service Orientation

      Actively looking for ways to help people.

    • Social Perceptiveness

      Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    N/A
    Workplace Documents
    N/A
    Graphic Literacy
    N/A

    Abilities

    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Problem Sensitivity

      The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

    Knowledge

    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • Psychology

      Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 23740/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 11.41/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

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    • Yearly Projected Openings Not Available

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    Personality

    Social: People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Integrity
    • Dependability
    • Self Control
    • Concern for Others
    • Attention to Detail
    • Cooperation

    Tools

    • Therapeutic ice packs or pillows
    • Patient stabilization or fall prevention devices or accessories
    • Patient lifts or accessories
    • Blanket frames or lifters
    • Abdominal binders

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