Jan 12, 2018 by Clark Bongaardt
How and Why You Should Consider Becoming a Home Care Aide
Home health aides are a growing employment opportunity and a serious necessity in our society. Home health care is looked at as a cheaper option for the elderly and disabled who may not need advanced medical care but cannot complete everyday tasks alone. When forced with the decision to place loved ones in nursing homes or hire outside help, family members and loved ones alike are often more comfortable with hiring a home health aide in order to stay in their home for as long as possible. With the growing need, there are many reasons to consider beginning a new career as a home health care aide and the process is not as difficult as it may seem.
Helping others on a daily basis leads to a satisfying career. Preparing meals, completing household chores, assisting with bathing and toilet use, and providing companionship to an individual are just a few of the duties that a client of in-home care may require. Meeting with the same clients every day helps to develop personal relationships and makes your job enjoyable and fulfilling.
As of May 2016, Pennsylvania employed the fourth-highest number of home health aides in the United States, paying an average annual wage of $23,600, according to the United States Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics. The bureau also states that the number of home health aides is expected to grow by 38% from 2014 to 2024. The number of clients in the home care industry is expected to rise with the aging baby boomers population meaning steady employment for the staff, all while allowing staff to keep flexible and often part-time scheduling.
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The requirements to become a certified home health aide in the state of Pennsylvania are the same as the minimum federal training standards. This means that a Home Health Aide program must include:
Training and a competency exam can be given by home health care agencies. This training must be approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Health. No further secondary education is required. However, applicants are usually required to have a high school diploma, a driver's license, auto insurance, and a clean background check. Home health care can involve moderate physical exertion including standing and some lifting.
The best place to begin your new career journey is with a reputable in-home care agency. Different agencies will have different requirements for their employees. Diving right into the application process can help you to discover any additional prerequisites for your desired position and ensure your dedication to the field, the agency and the clients.
While the requirements are usually low to become a home health aide, it can be seen as a stepping stone to an even better position. Working as a home health aide can make it easier to be accepted into sometimes competitive CNA and LPN programs offered by technical colleges and other secondary education programs. Also, it is a wonderful addition to the resume of anyone looking to advance further in the medical field, whether that be the administrative or the technical side.
Whether you're fresh out of high school or have been in the workforce for years, consider entering home health care services. A satisfying career, steady and flexible scheduling, and the opportunity for growth make the home health aide position a preferred employment opportunity. If you are interested in starting a rewarding career as a home health aide with an expert in-home care agency, contact us at 610-543-6300 about one of our open positions or apply online.