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Home Health Aide
Home health aides and personal and home care aides provide instruction and psychological support to their clients.
Average Pay: about $10 per hour    Qualifications: Training by R.N.
The Job
Home health aides and personal and home care aides help people who are disabled, chronically ill, or cognitively impaired and older adults, who may need assistance, live in their own homes or in residential facilities instead of in health facilities or institutions. They also assist people in hospices and day programs and help individuals with disabilities go to work and remain engaged in their communities. Most aides work with elderly or physically or mentally disabled clients who need more care than family or friends can provide.
Work Environment
Aides may go to the same home every day or week for months or even years and often visit four or five clients on the same day.
College Majors
None required.
Minimum Qualifications
Home health aides and personal and home care aides are generally trained on the job by registered nurses. They must complete both a training program consisting of a minimum of 75 hours and a competency evaluation or state certification program.
Personality traits helpful for this career
Aides should have a desire to help people. They should be responsible, compassionate, patient, emotionally stable, and cheerful. In addition, aides should be tactful, honest, and discreet.
Quick Facts
  • Employment of home health aides is projected to grow by 50 percent between 2008 and 2018.
Compensation and Outlook
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