What Exactly is Home Health Care?

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Our new Health Care Aide students begin their program at ABM College this week! This is an exciting time for these students and we wish them all the best on their journey in becoming Health Care Aides! One of the places a Health Care Aide can work is in home health care. But what is home health care?

Health Care Aide Instructor teaching students in ABM College's LabHome health care is a wide range of health care services that can be given in your home for an illness or injury. Home health care is usually less expensive, more convenient, and just as effective as care you get in a hospital.

Examples of skilled home health services include:

  • Wound care for pressure sores or a surgical wound
  • Patient and caregiver education
  • Intravenous or nutrition therapy
  • Injections
  • Monitoring serious illness and unstable health status

The goal of home health care is to treat an illness or injury. Home health care helps you get patients better, regain your independence, and become as self-sufficient as possible.

Examples of what the home health staff should do include:

  • Check what you’re eating and drinking.
  • Check your blood pressure, temperature, heart rate, and breathing.
  • Check that you’re taking your prescription and other drugs and any treatments correctly.
  • Ask if you’re having pain.
  • Check your safety in the home.
  • Teach you about your care so you can take care of yourself.
  • Coordinate your care. This means they must communicate regularly with you, your doctor, and anyone else who gives you care.

To be a successful Health Care Aide you should enjoy working with patients/clients who need extra care and attention. You should be flexible in terms of timing and responsibilities, and must have excellent communication skills in order to develop effective relationships with patients and co-workers. You should also be prepared to work evenings, nights, and weekends, and potential additional hours.

If this describes you, ENROLL NOW!

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