Welcome To Home Health Aide Training Base

Congratulations on your decision to start your career as a home health aide!

If you are person who wants a career making an incredible difference in peoples’ lives, becoming a HHA is the right one for you.

This is a great healthcare career field that is in high demand and each state has their own HHA training requirements. Our goal is to make all of this information easily available to you. Click on your state below to get started in your new career today or check out our step by step training guide.

What is a Home Health Aide?

home health aideA home health aide, also known as a HHA, is often hired to provide in-home healthcare for people who have a physical or mental disability, chronic illness, or are recovering after a hospital or facility stay.

By assisting people with their daily living activities, it allows the patient to stay in the comfort of their own home instead of staying at a hospital or care facility.

Aside from working in a patient’s home, a HHA may also work in assisted living communities, group homes, hospitals, retirement communities, and nursing care facilities.

Kim at Bayada Home Health Care shows the compassion that you need to become a successful HHA.

Home Health Aide Duties

The duties of an aide will vary depending on your work place and patient.

For example, aides working in a care facility could have different duties than one working in a private home.  Also, aides working in a care facility could be caring for multiple patients while an aide in a private home could be caring for just one patient.

HHA duties can include:

  • Monitoring patient’s health condition
  • Keeping the patient safe and clean.
  • Assisting patient with medications.
  • Reporting information to employer.

Home Health Aide Jobs

As we mentioned before, there is a very high demand for HHAs. Your chances of getting hired are very good when you have the right qualifications and training. home health aide giving patient medicationThe qualifications for employment will vary from state to state.

Employment of aides is growing much faster than the average for all occupations. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in this field is expected to grow 48 percent between 2012 and 2022. That translates into 424,200 new home health care jobs in the next ten years.

If you are currently looking for a HHA job, check out our HHA jobs board for a complete list of positions available in your area.

HHA Training Requirements

Minimal HHA training and education is required to become a HHA.

While you do not need a high school diploma or college degree to be hired as an HHA in the United States, individual employers may require you to have one as a prerequisite for employment. It will also give you a better chance to be hired over those who do not.

You can find HHA training programs at community colleges, vocational schools, and some employers will offer on the job training. You can even find free home health aide training.

HHA training is taught by experienced aides and other healthcare professionals.

For more information, check out our training guide on how to become a home health aide.

Home Health Aide Certification

Certification is not required to work as an aide if working for a private agency or company.

However, HHA agencies that are funded by Medicare or Medicaid must employ aides who are trained and evaluated through HHA training programs approved by their state.

This home health aide training includes:

  • 75 hours of classroom training.
  • 16 hours of supervised practical or clinical training.
  • 12 hours of continuing education per 12-month period

Check your states requirements.