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Home attendants assist sick or disabled people who need part-time or full-time in-home care. A home attendant's tasks include administering medication, doing laundry, preparing meals, bathing and grooming patients and running errands. Types of certifications for home health aides vary from state to state; however, the most common requirement for workers is that they receive their CNA, or Certified Nurse Assistant, credentials. The program is widely offered throughout the United States and consists of completing 75 hours of instruction.
Check with your state’s Department of Labor to find out the certification requirements for your particular area. Employment agencies that help home aides find jobs will also likely have this information.
Locate a training program in your area, such as one that offers CNA certification. Many community colleges and trade and technical schools offer nursing assistant programs. Compare prices and research each program individually to ensure that it will actually meet your needs.
Complete the coursework that is required for the certification. These courses are generally 75 hours in length and consist of classroom instruction and clinical internships where you practice what you have learned on real patients. Topics may include personal hygiene, checking vital signs, CPR and information on medical conditions like diabetes and how to check blood sugar.
Receive your certification. Some programs may have a written or functional exam at the end of the program, which you must pass in order to receive your certificate. Others may just evaluate your course work and your ability to work with patients as shown through your internship.
Register with a home health care employment agency to help find a patient in need and a position that is right for you.
Beth Rifkin has been writing health- and fitness-related articles since 2005. Her bylines include "Tennis Life," "Ms. Fitness," "Triathlon Magazine," "Inside Tennis" and others. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Temple University.