The demand for home health and personal care aides has gone through the roof in recent years and is expected to see a much faster than average job outlook through 2024. Growth in the sector is expected to increase by more than a million jobs from 2016 to 2026! Michigan alone employed more than 30,000 home health and personal care aides in 2016. Is this the career for you?
Healthcare is a multi-trillion dollar industry in the U.S., with jobs and opportunities across a wide spectrum of specialties. And while doctors and nurses may be the healthcare professionals who first come to mind when you think of medical care, they couldn’t do what they do without help—and a lot of it. That’s where aides can come in. Making sure patients get the care and attention they require once they leave a hospital or rehabilitation facility can mean the difference between getting better or starting over again at square one.
But what would you do as a home health or personal care aide? It really depends on the person you work with, which makes each situation unique. You may work with someone recovering from an injury. Or you could help an older adult who just needs some extra support on a regular basis. But here are a few responsibilities you might have as a personal care aide:
· Check regular vital signs
· Make sure patients take their prescribed medications
· Assist with bathing, personal grooming, and dressing
· Help with schedules and appointments
· Arrange for transportation to and from appointments
· Perform housekeeping tasks
· Shop for groceries and prepare meals
The responsibilities you’d have as a home health aide would likely be all of the above and just a little more. You might have to help with medical-specific demands. You may have to change bandages and dressings, give massages, or help patients follow doctor’s orders by assisting with physical therapy. If your client has artificial limbs or braces, or specific physical or developmental disabilities, you may need additional knowledge to perform tasks specific to their needs.
But did you know that one of the most important services you’ll provide to your clients as a health or personal aide may also be one of the easiest? Many people just need some companionship, warmth, encouragement, and a little kindness. Does that sound like something you could do?
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