Would you like to make a career out of taking care of people? Are you wondering what options are available? Learn more about whether a home health aide job may be a good choice for you.
What Is a Home Health Aide?
A home health aide or HHA cares for people with disabilities, chronic illnesses, cognitive impairments, or age-related limitations. Because these patients prefer to live in their own homes, HHAs usually work out of private residences. HHAs may assist with activities of daily living, housekeeping, meal preparation, and errands as well as basic medical care. In most cases, HHAs operate under the supervision of a medical professional.
Quiz: Is a Home Health Aide a Good Job for Me?
If you’re not sure if this could be the right career for you, start by taking our quiz.
- Are you hoping to make a difference in people’s lives?
- Are you interested in the medical field?
- Do you prefer interacting with clients one-on-one?
- Are you able to work independently (with limited access to co-workers)?
- Would you be comfortable bathing/dressing another person?
- Are you happy to clean up after others?
- Do you have the physical stamina to lift and/or assist patients?
- Would you be willing to work evenings, nights, weekends, and holidays?
- Are you ready to complete ongoing education?
- Do you have a high school diploma or GED?
- Are you patient?
- Can you look at life from another person’s point of view?
- Are you a good listener?
- Can you communicate instructions clearly?
- Do you have strong time management skills?
- Can you solve problems?
- Are you organized?
- Can you maintain a positive attitude even when things go wrong?
Evaluating Your Quiz Results
Mostly Yeses – Were 16 or more of your answers positive? That’s a good sign. This position probably matches up well with your personality and career aspirations.
Some Nos – If you have more Nos than you anticipated, it’s important to evaluate potential problems. Questions #1-9 are somewhat non-negotiable. For example, if you don’t like working by yourself, you may be better off pursuing a job as a CNA in an assisted living facility or group home. On the other hand, Questions #10-18 are fixable. For instance, with a little bit of work, you can earn a GED, become a better listener, and/or improve your time management skills.
Mostly Nos – Were 6 or more of your answer negative? This could indicate an HHA isn’t the best choice for you. Depending upon your interests, you may decide to consider a slightly different but related career. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics provides a list of similar occupations. These include childcare workers, nurses, medical assistants, psychiatric technicians, and more.
Are You Interested in a Job as a Home Health Aide?
Anodyne Staffing Services is currently hiring HHAs and other caregivers for positions throughout Eastern Massachusetts. We offer a consistent income, great benefits and flexible scheduling. Browse our available openings and discover your next job opportunity today!