Nursing

Educational Programs
Certificate
A. Phillip Randolph Acad. of Technology
Bradford-Union Area Voc-Tech Center
Brevard Community College
Broward College
Central Florida Community College
Charlotte Technical Center
Chipola College
DeSoto County Adult Education Center
First Coast Technical Institute
Florida State College at Jacksonville
Florida National College
Gulf Coast Community College
Indian River State College
Lake Technical Center
Learey Technical Center
Lee County High Tech Center Central
Lee County High Tech North
Lively Technical Center
Locklin Technical Center
Lorenzo Walker Institute of Technology
Manatee Technical Institute
Miami Skill Center
Orlando Vocational Technical Center
Palm Beach State College
Ridge Career Center
Santa Fe College
Sarasota County Technical Institute
Seminole State College of Florida
St. Johns River Community College
Suwannee-Hamiltion Technical Center
Tallahassee Community College
Thomas P. Haney Technical Center
Traviss Career Center
Wakulla County Adult School
Walton Career Development Center
Washington-Holmes Technical Center
West Technical Education Center
Winter Park Tech

Professional Associations
National Association for Home Care & Hospice

Home health aides or home caregivers care for clients who are recovering from illness, those with terminal illness, or children and adults with physical and mental disabilities in the clients’ home settings.

They work under the supervision of registered nurses in provision of personal care such as bathing, assisting with grooming and dressing. They will also assist the client with basic nursing care, including transferring from bed to chair and extremities exercises. They assist with medication, and nutrition.

Aide/caregivers also perform various housekeeping chores such as laundry, grocery shopping, and cleaning. Some assignments allow the aide to take clients to their scheduled doctor's visits, to pick up prescriptions, and to take the clients to other places they wish to go. The home health aide is expected to look and act professional, be reliable, compassionate, cheerful, and must enjoy working with people. It is essential that the aide be able to work independently with little direct supervision. The care provided may require lifting, carrying, bending, and reaching.

Home Health Aide

Areas of Specialization
The home health aide may care for the following types of clients: hospice patients; individuals with paralysis, stroke or heart disease; the elderly with mental disabilities such as Alzheimer's disease; or individuals with physical disabilities and long-term illnesses.

Work Environment
Working conditions depend on the home. Some may be very pleasant while others may not. Home health aides are usually expected to provide their own transportation. Some time will be spent driving from one place to another. The work week is usually 40 hours, but there is flexibility as some home health aides work part-time. Night and weekend work is sometimes required. Home health aides usually work for state or county welfare agencies, private home health agencies, or on their own.

Job Outlook
The number of home health aides employed in Florida in 2006 was 30,303 It is projected that in 2014 there will be 40,191. This represents an annual average growth rate of 4.1 percent.

Length of Training/Requirements
A high school diploma is not required but desirable for those wishing to enter this field. Most agencies provide training to home health aides if they have no previous experience. Training courses are usually two to three weeks long and focus on maintenance of a clean, safe environment, basic nutrition, basic nursing procedures such as taking and recording vital signs, infection control, recognition of emergencies, communication skills, personal hygiene, range of motion exercises, legal and ethical responsibilities, care of geriatric clients, bio-psychosocial support, and supervised home management.

Advancement
These are generally entry-level positions. Additional formal training or education and a willingness to enter other health occupations are usually necessary for advancement.

Licensure/Certification
No license is required.

Salary
Home health aides earn an average hourly wage of $10.52.



Updated: 2009