According to information provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, as more baby boomers reach retirement age and the elderly population grows, the demand for home health aides is expected to increase much faster than the average job. A 48 % increase in workers in this field is expected by 2022, when there will be about 1,299,300 home health aides in the nation.
Home health care is a less expensive alternative to nursing homes and hospitals, the Bureau says. Much of the duties a home health care worker performs are not medical, but rather assistance with every day tasks and household chores. If your loved one is interested in home health care, here is some information you should know about working with these at home caregivers.
- Home health aides are allowed to do some health related tasks, including checking blood pressure, taking a patient's temperature, and changing dry dressings.
- They are in the home to provide services to the patient, not the patient's spouse or the entire household.
- As they are present to help with day-to-day tasks, they will generally spend more time with a patient than nurses or physical therapists.
- If you hire an at home aide on your own, you should provide a very clear, written agreement as to what you expect, including the hours you expect the individual to work and the amount of pay you're willing to provide for the services.
- You should supply emergency numbers for your home caregiver aide so he or she can contact you if needed.
- The contact information for the patient's doctor should also be readily available.
- At home caregivers who work for an agency are not allowed to have visitors. If you're hiring one privately, you should let your aide know if visitors are permitted or not.
- Be sure to ask for identification and references when hiring an at home caregiver. Check with your state bureau to ensure that this individual is certified.
- Make a list of tasks that you expect the aide to perform and ensure before hiring him or her that those expectations can be met.
Staffing Plus provides healthcare staffing services to a wide variety of clients. Talented professionals look to us to help them find a placement that provides them with both career advancement opportunities as well as the chance to do the work they love.
For more information about home health care and finding a home health aide, contact us.
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