Home Health Aide

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.

Job Outlook through 2026

Employment Current: 47,040
Employment Projected: 59,670
Percentage Change: 26.8%

Education/Training

High School Diploma

Sample Job Titles

  • Caregiver
  • Certified Home Health Aide (CHHA)
  • Certified Medical Aide (CMA)
  • Certified Nurses Aide (CNA)
  • Home Attendant
  • Home Care Aide
  • Home Health Aide (HHA)
  • Home Health Provider
  • Hospice/Home Health Aide
  • In Home Caregiver

Duties

  • Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
  • Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by category
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by category

Skills

  • Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times
  • Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people
  • Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do
  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems
  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action

Average Wages in PA

Entry Level: $20,360
Average: $25,170
Experienced: $27,580