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Home Health Aides
(SOC 31-1011)

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Home Health Aiderovide routine individualized healthcare such
as changing bandages and dressing wounds,
and applying topical medications to the
elderly, convalescents, or persons with
disabilities at the patient's home or in a care
facility. Monitor or report changes in health
status. May also provide personal care such as
bathing, dressing, and grooming of patient.

Sample of job titles:Home Health Aide
(HHA), Certified Nurses Aide (CNA), Certified
Nursing Assistant (CNA), Residential
Counselor, Certified Medical Aide (CMA),
Home Health Provider, Care Giver, Habilitation
Training Specialist, Caregiver, Certified Home
Health Aide

Job Responsibilities

  • Maintain records of patient care, condition, progress, or problems to report and discuss observations with supervisor or case manager.
  • Check patients' pulse, temperature, and respiration.
  • Provide patients with help moving in and out of beds, baths, wheelchairs, or automobiles and with dressing and grooming.
  • Care for patients by changing bed linens, washing and ironing laundry, cleaning, or assisting with their personal care.
  • Entertain, converse with, or read aloud to patients to keep them mentally healthy and alert.
  • Administer prescribed oral medications, under the written direction of physician or as directed by home care nurse or aide, and ensure patients take their medicine.
  • Plan, purchase, prepare, or serve meals to patients or other family members, according to prescribed diets.
  • Accompany clients to doctors' offices or on other trips outside the home, providing transportation, assistance, and companionship.
  • Direct patients in simple prescribed exercises or in the use of braces or artificial limbs.
  • Provide patients and families with emotional support and instruction in areas such as caring for infants, preparing healthy meals, living independently, or adapting to disability or illness.

New Hampshire Outlook

  • Average Hourly Wage*: $12.82
  • Estimated Employment 2014: 1,669
  • Projected Employment 2024: 2,254
  • Expected 10-Year Growth: 35.1%
  • Projected Average Annual Openings: 96

Top industries in NH for this occupation:

  • Social Assistance
  • Ambulatory Health Care Services
  • Nursing and Residential Care Facilities
  • Employment Services

Education and Training

Most Home Health Aides are not required to have any formal education, however, most have at least a high school diploma. They are usually trained on-the-job by a supervisor, usually for safety and emergency response protocol. In some states, a more formal educational program is required.

In New Hampshire, the Department of Health and Human Services' Health Facilities Administration is responsible for regulation and oversight of home health care providers. Licensure is issued to home health care organizations or business entities.

Interests (Holland Code): SRC

  • Social: Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
  • Realistic: Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
  • Conventional: Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.

Career Cluster: Health Science

Work Environment
Home health and personal care aides work in a variety of settings. Most work in a client's home; others work in small group homes or larger care communities.

Additional Information Sources
National Association for Home Care and Hospice, <www.nahc.org>

Home Care Association of New Hampshire, <www.homecarenh.org>

To Find a Job
Contact the nearest NH Employment Security office or go online to www.nhes.nh.gov

*Wage estimates based on surveys conducted from November 2012 to May 2015.

** Inclusion of this information is intended to provide a convenient resource for research, but in no way constitutes an endorsement for any organization, nor is the list all-inclusive.

NH Employment Projections, base year 2014 to projected year 2024
Occupational Outlook Handbook, Bureau of Labor Statistics

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