The healthcare industry is a continually booming industry. There are always jobs to be had, especially in the home healthcare field. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, home health aides are projected to grow by 50% between 2008 and 2018, which is much faster than other occupations. The reasoning behind this is the increasing costs of inpatient hospital care. Home health aides are also better for those who simply need help with daily tasks rather than medical care.
If an ever-growing job market isn't reason enough, the flexible nature of home health aide agencies can be very alluring to some. Many tend to work part-time, weekends, or evenings depending on the needs of their clients. Although home health aides won't be interacting with other aides, they will still be interacting with a variety of patients. Yes, some patients may not be the most pleasant to be around, but it can be a wonderful way to interact with a wide range of people, not to mention that you can significantly impact someone's life.
Home health aides do not need to go to medical school, but they must complete special training courses. The courses required vary from state to state. Many are trained on the job by registered nurses, experienced aides, or supervisors. They are taught how to prepare food for those with special diets, basic housekeeping tasks, such as keeping the home safe for the patient, how to respond to emergencies, and basic safety techniques. Home health aides should be compassionate, responsible, cheerful, and emotionally stable.
Although the job can sometimes be physically demanding, the rewards are great. As mentioned before, you can truly impact people's lives and they can have a positive effect on yours as well. No two days will ever be alike. The job is always interesting and there isn't much room for dull moments. You will always be meeting new people and doing different tasks for each one. Since the aides work in patients' homes, the work environment is also constantly changing. For those that don't want to sit in the same cubicle everyday, this can be a great advantage.
Advancement within the field can sometimes be limited. However, more training is key to moving ahead. With additional training, home health aides can become nursing aides, licensed practical nurses, or registered nurses. And of course there is always the option of opening your own home healthcare agency. With so many benefits and job opportunities, it's no surprise that more and more people are turning to the healthcare industry and discovering a wonderful new career.