Home Health Aide Duties and Pay


I will be starting a home health job on Thursday. This position pays 16 dollars a visit. I will not be paid for actual mileage. My paycheck will show 8 dollars per visit and 8 dollars for gas. A visit is usually forty five minutes to an hour and a half long. I am wondering if I will make anything.

I will not be doing any housekeeping duties, only personal care. What can I expect?

I am forty, overweight, and slow. I am newly certified and do not think I could keep up the pace at a nursing home. I get nervous when bosses are watching me work so I think home health will be the best for me. I am a hard worker and require little supervision.


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You should definitely give home care a try. I do it and I love it. It's so much more laid back rather than working at a nursing home. It's a much slower pace and like you, I don't like anyone breathing down my neck.(There is a possibility of a demanding family member doing that, though) I prefer to work independently. Of course it's not for everyone, but then again not everyone wants to work in a nursing home or a hospital either. Hopefully where you work they will be flexible with you. If not go somewhere else. My job lets us decide whether we want to accept the case or not and even if we do we can drop it if for whatever reason we don't want to or can't do it anymore. One place hired me over the summer that told me I had to go to wherever they needed me to go. I literally had no say even if the case was in a terrible area. So I said goodbye to that agency and luckily shortly thereafter I got hired at my current job. I'm much happier because not only does this job pay more, but they are also respectful of where I'm willing to travel to. Home care does pay less, atleast where I'm from, but it's worth it. I also work per diem in a nursing home and make about almost $5 more an hour there. Even so I still enjoy working my home care job better and I very rarely pick up any shifts at the nursing home. Just enough to keep myself employed there. When you work one on one you really develop a strong bond with your patients/clients. You can devote all of your time and attention to just them, whereas in the nursing home you will probably have 10 residents to divide your time with. It can be really tiring and stressful. So go ahead and give it a try. I hope you enjoy it. Good luck and please keep us all posted.