This major is a program that prepares individuals to provide routine care and support services for homebound disabled, recovering, or elderly people.
Includes instruction in basic nutrition, home sanitation, infection control, first aid, taking vital signs, personal hygiene, interpersonal communication skills, supervised home management, emergency recognition and referral, geriatric care, and legal and ethical responsibilities.
Search for colleges that offer a degree in Home Health Aide/Home Attendant Major (use the College Search feature and enter "home health" in the major search field). Read the school’s department pages, they are often loaded with useful and specific information about the field.
What can you do with a major/degree in Home Health Aide/Home Attendant Major?
As a Home Health Aide/Home Attendant, within the patient’s home environment you likely 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. You also aid with routine healthcare tasks or activities of daily living, such as feeding, bathing, toileting, or ambulation and help with tasks such as preparing meals, doing light housekeeping, and doing laundry depending on the patient's abilities.
Job opportunities for home health aide/home attendants are extremely likely in the future as this career subsector is expected to see eight percent (8%) growth 2019-2029.
A high school diploma or equivalent is generally the minimum educational requirement to enter this career area. Certification or Associate Degree is highly recommended.
Trade Associations and Professional Organizations in Home Health Aide/Home Attendant Major
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