Home Health Aid

*This Program does not qualify for Federal Financial Aid

Program Objective

To train students in technical and clinical skills needed to successfully perform as Home Health Aids in the community and private homes. Completion of this program does qualify students’ employment in agencies with Medicare and Medicaid patients.

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Program Description

This program’s courses will discuss the history of home care, benefits of home care, role, responsibilities and ethical issues affecting the home health aid Students learn the general characteristics and safety principles related to the elderly, community resources, Reality Orientation Techniques, diversional activities, behavior, and special care. Universal precautions in the home care for patients with infectious diseases, and isolation procedures; two hours are spent in a home environment practicing skills; family role and patient and family emotional needs. Following patient plan of care, organize and complete patient care assessments; assist patients with restorative and rehabilitation needs to reach optimum level of independence; discussion of actual patient care situations in the home. Review of reporting methods and practice in writing; overview of Medicare standards, guidelines, and reporting requirements are also covered

The training program includes instructor led classroom and clinical training and practical hands on application. Students must successfully complete tests and final exam.

It will also provide information on the sources of payment for home care and characteristics necessary for the home health aid in caring for patients in their homes; It will emphasize verbal and written information about patient plan of care. It covers the Legal and ethical responsibilities, follow policies and procedures affecting health, safety and well-being of patient in home setting; teach students how to maintain patient units in home and identify emergency evaluation procedures, how to be alert to potential domestic violence and what to do.

Students are also assisted on how to assist with bed, shower, or tub bath, grooming, oral Hygiene, toileting, dressing, meals bowel and bladder training, and perinea care. Admitting, transfer, and discharge of patient; Making beds, measuring and recording patient’s statistics, range of motion exercises, collect urine and stool specimens, monitor catheter drainage, monitor fluids, observation of patient emesis, postmortem, enema of five ounces or less, and maintain patient belongings. Factors when purchasing and storing food, and assisting with eating, encourage adequate nutrition and fluid intake maintaining correct diet.

• Introduction to Home Health Care
• Verbal and Written Communication
• Legal and Ethical Responsibilities
• Physical Comfort, Safety Functions and Domestic Violence
• Personal Patient Care
• Nursing Procedures
• Principles of Nutrition and Fluid Balance
• Care of the Geriatric Patients
• Infection and Infection Control, HIV/AIDS & OSHA
• Bio-psychological-Social Support
• Supervised Management Functions following Patient Plan of Care
• Rehabilitative Activities
• Case Studies
• Documentation
• Medicare Standards

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