Home Health Aide Program Description

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Overview

This program provides a comprehensive overview of the home health aide profession with instruction in all areas of client care and communication.

Program Timeline

With full-time study, you’ll be certification-ready in just 4 months. But in case you need a less-intense timeline, we give you 12 months to finish the program.

Just 4 months of full-time study

Study Format

CareerStep programs are made to accommodate hectic schedules. You can train whenever and wherever works best for you—at home, at lunch, at midnight, you name it. Study at your own pace, and hit us up anytime you need help.

Learn from home (or anywhere)

Study online (anytime)

Support

Need help getting through your training? We’re available! Our Learner and technical support teams are ready to provide advice and answer questions—just give us a ring or drop us a line.

One-on-one support

Phone, live chat, and email

Home Health Aide Program Modules

Our 285-hour Home Health Aide program is divided into 14 modules, which cover all the jargon, communication methods, and medical terminology needed to be effective in your role.

Home Care and the Healthcare System

  • Learn about the roles of the home health agency, the state and federal requirements for HHA certification, as well as the purpose and goals of home health care.

Building a Foundation

  • Build a foundation to help you provide the best care for your clients.
  • Identify the specific physical care responsibilities of home health aides.
  • Develop communication skills and cultural awareness.

A Holistic Approach to Understanding Clients

  • Learn about the medical and social needs of home care clients.
  • Identify the specific physical care responsibilities of home health aides, including the care needs of special populations such as the elderly, mentally ill, and those with physical and developmental disabilities.

Developing Personal Care and Basic Healthcare Skills

  • Discuss personal care services performed by home health aides.
  • Learn about positioning, transfers and ambulation, core healthcare skills, personal healthcare skills, and the various medications and technology common in home healthcare settings.

Special Clients, Special Needs

  • Identify the specific physical-care responsibilities of home health aides for special populations such as the elderly, mentally ill, and those with physical and developmental disabilities.

Practical Knowledge and Skills in Home Management

  • Learn about the household maintenance and daily care tasks that a home health aide is responsible for.
  • Discuss the importance of maintaining a clean environment for your clients, and the risks involved with unsanitary conditions.
  • Review food safety guidelines and the proper handling and distribution of food.

Finding and Maintaining Employment

  • Discuss the various career options available to healthcare professionals.
  • Learn how to secure and maintain employment.

Medical Terminology Basics

Body Structures

Integumentary, Digestive, and Respiratory Systems

Cardiovascular, Blood, Lymphatic, and Immune Systems

Musculoskeletal, Urinary, and Reproductive Systems

Endocrine Systems

Nervous System and Special Senses

Home Health Aide Certifications

All certifications vary from state to state. This program will help you build a solid foundation if you’re preparing to take any state licensing or certification exams.