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31-1011.00 - Home Health Aides

Provide routine, personal healthcare, such as bathing, dressing, or grooming, to elderly, convalescent, or disabled persons in the home of patients or in a residential care facility.

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Tasks

  • Administer prescribed oral medications under written direction of physician or as directed by home care nurse and aide.
  • Change dressings.
  • Check patients' pulse, temperature and respiration.
  • Direct patients in simple prescribed exercises and in the use of braces or artificial limbs.
  • Maintain records of patient care, condition, progress, and problems in order to report and discuss observations with a supervisor or case manager.
  • Massage patients and apply preparations and treatments, such as liniment, alcohol rubs, and heat-lamp stimulation.
  • Provide patients with help moving in and out of beds, baths, wheelchairs or automobiles, and with dressing and grooming.
  • Accompany clients to doctors' offices and on other trips outside the home, providing transportation, assistance and companionship.
  • Care for children who are disabled or who have sick or disabled parents.
  • Change bed linens, wash and iron patients' laundry, and clean patients' quarters.
  • Entertain, converse with, or read aloud to patients to keep them mentally healthy and alert.
  • Perform a variety of duties as requested by client, such as obtaining household supplies and running errands.
  • Plan, purchase, prepare, and serve meals to patients and other family members, according to prescribed diets.
  • Provide patients and families with emotional support and instruction in areas such as infant care, preparing healthy meals, independent living, and adaptation to disability or illness.

 

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