Home Health Care Aide is a Fast-Growing Career Choice

Because of our nation’s growing senior population, the need for in-home health care professionals is growing quickly, becoming one of the top 10 careers in terms of job growth, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Health care, in general, is seeing a spike in job opportunities, but those with this specialty are particularly needed by families who want their senior loved one to be able to remain at home as long as possible.

In addition to senior care, in-home health care aides also can help those with disabilities who still work outside the home but who need help with transportation, cooking, house maintenance, taking medications properly, or other daily living chores. Aides can help monitor the conditions of their charges to report to family or medical doctors.

In-home health care aides work closely with a supervising nurse to help provide 24-hour care for their clients. Many work 40 hours per week, but they also can work part-time, on nights and weekends, holidays, or sometimes even live in-house with their patients.

Elderly care demands a lot from the in-home health care aide but most find the rewards well worth it. They typically develop close relationships with their clients, becoming almost like a member of the extended family. They often can get to know them so well that they can anticipate needs without them needing to be expressed.

The national average annual salary for home aides is about $21,830, with little schooling required aside from training in first aid and emergency procedures. Firms providing senior care, however, may have other additional training requirements.

In addition to a salary, which can vary depending on location and the type of care provided, in-home health care providers have expressed a feeling of accomplishment and joy when they can bring a smile to the face of their client/friend.