Home Health Aide Training Part 10: Assisting with Ostomy Care

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One of the issues that you may have to deal with when working with home health care patients is the problem of caring for an ostomy. An ostomy is a medical device which is installed in the person’s abdomen to replace the basic functions usually handled by the genitals or the anus to evacuate waste […]

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Home Health Aide Training Part 9: Assisting with Special Skin Care and Dressing Change

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One of the important skills that any home health aide must have is the ability to help with special skin care as well as dressing change (i.e. changing bandages). This is because you will often be working with patients who have severe injuries which require your constant diligence to ensure that they will not become […]

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Home Health Aide Training Part 8: Complex Modified Diets

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Oftentimes, as a home health care aide, your job will include helping a patient to prepare food. While the standard rules of food preparation do apply for most of your patients (i.e. following the Food Pyramid), there are also a large number of different modified diets, some of them quite complex that you may need […]

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Home Health Aide Training Part 7: Performing Simple Measurements and Tests

Simple measurements and tests

While a home health care aide is rarely a registered nurse and is never a doctor, you will still need to know how to perform certain basic tests and measurements in order to help ensure the health of your patients. Here are some of the more common tests and measurements that you’ll need to perform: […]

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Home Health Aide Training Part 6: Defining and Performing Personal Care

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As a professional home health aide, your primary job will involve providing personal care to your patients. This means taking care of a wide variety of different tasks to ensure that they are healthy and safe. Some examples of common tasks that you’ll need to take care of include: Bathing – Making sure that your […]

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Home Health Aide Training Part 5: Food Nutrition and Meal Preparation for Home Care Patients

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One of your most important jobs as a home health care worker is going to be preparing food for your clients. There is a great deal to know about this and unfortunately, even though much of it is information which we all should be aware of, the reality is that many people tend to be […]

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Home Health Aide Training Part 4: Working Effectively With Home Care Patients Who Are Physically Disabled

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One of the most common situations you’ll face as a home health care aide is working with people who are physically disabled. This means dealing with people who have disabilities which prevent them from engaging in the full range of motion possible for a non disabled person. Disabilities can range from mild disabilities to major […]

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Home Health Aide Training Part 3: Working Effectively With Mentally Ill Home Care Patients

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I was disentangling myself piece by piece, severing my obligations. I wanted less and less to be asked of me. You sometimes hear stories of people who fall into icy lakes and survive drowning because their metabolisms slow to the barest possible level of functioning. That’s what I did with my life, a kind of […]

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Home Health Aide Training Part 2: Working Effectively With Home Care Patients Who Are Children

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When one initially thinks of home care patients, children don’t tend to come to mind. We tend to think of adults, including the elderly and the disabled (either mentally or physically) as needing home care. However, the reality is that there is a great need for home care for children as well. Here’s what you […]

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Home Health Aide Training Part 1: Working Effectively With Elderly Home Care Patients

Elderly Home Health Aide Patient

Caring for our seniors is perhaps the greatest responsibility we have. Those who walked before us have given so much and made possible the life we all enjoy.   John Hoeven The first thing to realize about working with elderly home care patients is that what they are dealing with is a completely natural and […]

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