What is the market like for Home Health Aide?

  1. Would I be likely to get the job soon after getting my CNA or HHA certificate?

    Does an opening not show up as often as assisted living positions?

    Also how does the work of HHA differ from that of CNA?
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  3. by   mvm2
    Or company has schdulers that know what the clients needs are, and what shifts need to be filled. We have about 5 to as many as 10 different people that work with a client. The schedulers will call people and tell you there is a need for a care giver for a certain client. They tell you a little bit about that client, and then if you except you go for a meet and greet. If all goes well you are put on the schedule for that client. I have 3 different clients right now that I work with, and for me my schedule is full and I will not be taking any other clients prsonally. When I started to work for them I was just an aide and within a week and a half 2 weeks after my orination was put with a client. So you tend to start right away working.

    The work all depends on the client and what they need. You could have a really easy client that you are there just as a companion, and to make sure they are safe. You might have to do a few light household chores, or fix an easy meal for them. Other clients need a lot more help. you might have a paralytic, or someone with alzheimers, or parkinsons. The ranges are beyond endless of the type of people you might take care of.
    Hope this helps answer your questions
  4. by   flod
    How many hours are you working for 3 clients? For someone who needs a lot more help, what kind of help do the need?
  5. by   mvm2
    Well with my 3 clients I have 2 to 4 hour shifts. And there are times I do two of those shifts in one day. I personally am averging about 20 hours a week. Sometimes a few extra hours if they call for me to pick up a shift. But you have to remember that is what I personally want. I don't want to work a full 40 hour week.But if that is what you want then the company will do it's best to taylor your hours so that you can get the hours you need. So I would think they would put you with 8 to 12 hour shifts. Also be patient with your company as well. Some times if you want a lot of hours it takes time to get those hours. They might have to slowly build you up your clients so that you reach the hours you want to work. Now if you are willing lets say to work a night shift those tend to be 12 hour shifts then you could reach your 40 hours more easily. You also have to remember that you are working with about lets say 5 other care givers that take on shifts as well, so the amount of hours you get can vary and have to cordnate with their hours as well.

    As for the clients, I have only been working for a year and have had 5 different clients, and none of them were too diffficult, so I really do not know a lot about the most difficult ones, but you could get someone that needs a hoyer lift, which I will tell you can be difficult and scarry in home care because it is just you trying to transfer these people with a hoyer and it is nerve wracking. You could have to do cath. Care. I am sure there are other things that home care people do for their clients that I can not think of right now but that is two things that I can think of that you could have to do.
    Last edit by mvm2 on May 19, '13
  6. by   flod
    What is cath. care?
  7. by   futureLVN40
    Catheter care