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Home health care is a field that is growing extremely fast as more and more people with disabilities or long-term care requirements choose to get health care from private organizations instead of hospitals. Due to this demand there are typically multiple private home health care companies in larger cities that will train their employees for free to meet the needs of their clients.
Home Health Aide Duties
Home health aide covers a very wide spectrum and includes respiratory therapy, medication administration, physical therapy, wound management, and even helping with people's daily living activities such as cooking and cleaning. Home health personnel who are new to the industry and receive free training will typically be able to help with day-to-day living assistance and be able to administer medications once they pass the test required in their state. Work hours may vary greatly unless you have a set client list.
Locating Free Home Health Aide Training
Free training for home health aides is almost always offered by the following types of health care facilities: nursing homes, developmentally disabled services, long-term care facilities, and privately operated "home care" companies. The easiest way to find out if a health care facility offers free home health aide training is simply to locate the ones nearest you and call them. The receptionists there have probably gotten similar calls and can tell you yes or no right away. If not, they may transfer you to their personnel department for an answer.
As a home health aide you will be required to travel to and from people's homes at specific times each day. Most companies will reimburse you for gas but it's a great idea to ask them to plot out your course of travel so you don't end up with hour long gaps in your schedule where you may end up returning home only to leave again right away. You will want to make sure your car is in good condition and you will need a valid driver's license and insurance at all times.
Home health aides have an excellent job outlook for the 2008 to 2018 decade as stated by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Government programs such as Medicaid prefer that people needing long-term care use a home health care service over repeated doctor visits that can be very expensive and sometimes even unnecessary. Employment of home health aides could grow as much as 50 percent between 2008 and 2018 making it a very secure area to work in.
Home health aides make between $8.30 and $11.23 per hour according to Payscale.com as of June 7, 2010. The wages fluctuate greatly depending on your experience and certifications. Many home health aides continue their education in health care while using this as a temporary job until they become more specialized such as becoming a respiratory therapist, CNA, or LPN.
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