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Home Health Aides
District Of Columbia

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Provide routine individualized healthcare such as changing bandages and dressing wounds, and applying topical medications to the elderly, convalescents, or persons with disabilities at the patient's home or in a care facility. Monitor or report changes in health status. May also provide personal care such as bathing, dressing, and grooming of patient.

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Currently Employed: 4,160

Projected Annual Job Openings: 310

Typical Hourly Wage: $10.11 - $13.17

Typical Annual Salary: $21,000 - $27,400

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Typical education needed for entry: Less than high school

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: Short-term on-the-job training

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typical job duties

  • Maintain records of patient care, condition, progress, or problems to report and discuss observations with supervisor or case manager.
  • Provide patients with help moving in and out of beds, baths, wheelchairs, or automobiles and with dressing and grooming.
  • Bathe patients.
  • Administer prescribed oral medications, under the written direction of physician or as directed by home care nurse or aide, and ensure patients take their medicine.
  • Care for patients by changing bed linens, washing and ironing laundry, cleaning, or assisting with their personal care.
  • Entertain, converse with, or read aloud to patients to keep them mentally healthy and alert.
  • Plan, purchase, prepare, or serve meals to patients or other family members, according to prescribed diets.
  • Care for children who are disabled or who have sick or disabled parents.
  • Check patients' pulse, temperature, and respiration.
  • Provide patients and families with emotional support and instruction in areas such as caring for infants, preparing healthy meals, living independently, or adapting to disability or illness.

tools & technology

  • Glucose monitors or meters
  • Patient lifts or accessories
  • Patient stabilization or fall prevention devices or accessories
  • Therapeutic ice packs or pillows
  • Urinalysis test strips

  • Data base reporting software
  • Internet browser software
  • Medical software

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