There might be certain conditions that restrict a person's normal functioning abilities. These may range from that of suffering from chronic illness or cognitive impairment. It may also be the case of a person suffering from some type of lifetime disability or impairment. Another very common case is that of a healthy adult who grows old and thereby finds it challenging to carry on with the various tasks of daily living. In any of the aforementioned cases, the concerned person needs a certain amount of medication on a daily basis in order to function normally. Other than that, these people also need assistance in order to carry out their daily activities. That is where the role of home health aide provider comes into the picture.
Home health aide providers are nurses themselves or they are people who work under the guidance of doctors and nurses in order to check on a client's medication and other vital signs and take appropriate actions as and when required. Thus, a certain amount of work-related training is necessary in order to do justice to this job.
Read on to know all that you need in order to pursue a successful career in this field.
· Job Duties
The basic duty of a home health aide provider is to ensure that a patient is made to lead a life that is as normal as is physically possible. This would include trying to engage the said person in appropriate social networks and communities. Further, planning a client's schedule, planning out doctors' appointments and arranging transportation for the same is also the responsibility of such people.
In addition to these, opting for household duties like shopping for appropriate groceries, preparing meals that meet the clients' dietary specifications and assisting them in personal tasks like bathing and washing is also the duty of such people.
In homes where the client or patient does not demand too much attention, health aide providers are also expected to engage in regular housekeeping duties like vacuuming, doing the dishes and the laundry, etc.
· Educational Requirements
The qualification that is required for home aide providers is varied and depends on a number of factors. It ranges from that of a high school degree holder (who has an appropriate vocational diploma after that) to that of a professional nurse.
There are a number of schools that offer non-degree vocational courses in that regard. Although in this particular profession, the skill set possessed has higher importance than that of a degree, the level of educational qualifications will determine the amount of money you will make.
· Skills Required
The rules that apply to a particular patient cannot be extended to others. In such a situation, it will be necessary to be detail-oriented in an endeavour to ensure that you meet the requirements that are necessary in that particular case.
Very good personal integrity is required in order to make the patient feel comfortable when engaging in personal activity such as bathing and washing. Since this involves dealing with people who are in extreme pain or stress, good interpersonal skills and sensitivity to emotions are an absolute must.
Lastly, this type of job is physically taxing and one must have the physical stamina to be able to do justice to the same.
The amount of money that home aide service providers take home depends on a number of factors like the experience and qualifications they have, the city that they are working in and the number of hours they will be working.
Considering all of the above, the average salary across the country stands at a value of INR 21,876 per month. However, if you are ready to work hard and put in the best of efforts, the amount of money that you will end up making will be naturally higher.
· Nurses As Home Aide Providers
If you look closely at the roles and responsibilities of a home aide provider, you will find them to be very similar to that of a nurse. The higher package and less demanding working conditions are other reasons why nurses prefer to work as home aide providers. Many qualified nurses admit that they prefer working in an environment where there is an emotional connection with the client.
By working as a home aide service provider, they are able to work with one particular client for a prolonged period of time (as compared to their clients in hospitals and health clinics). This enables them to bond better and in turn, do better justice to their job.
· Types Of Work Environments
Even though most of the work of these people is restricted to going up to people's homes and working there, the fact is that there are a number of subdivisions in this field as well. One may choose to work in a residential, intellectual and developmental disability facility, a nursing care facility, a retirement community as well as that of assisted living.
In some metropolitan cities, there are specific provisions for working as home aide service providers in homes for the elderly. Irrespective of the environment that you work in, this is one of the most fulfilling jobs in the world of caregiving.
Indeed, it is not everyone's cup of tea to take up a profession that is as demanding as this. However, if you have genuine compassion in you and you really want to give back to the society while connecting with your work at the personal level, then this is where you should be.
Irrespective of whether you are a nurse with a professional degree or not, if you want to make a lot of money while feeling good about the same, do not hesitate to take up this profession.