Home Health Aide


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Home Health Aide

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A Home Health Aide (HHA) may also be known as a Home Caregiver or Residential Assistant (RA). An HHA provides basic, personal care and health-related services to a variety of individuals (patients) who require more assistance than family and/or friends are able to provide. HHAs are part of a category of occupations that is commonly referred to as "direct care workers." The services/care that a Home Health Aide provides depends upon their specialty area.

If you've ever thought about becoming a home health aide, our in-depth curriculum could help you learn important fundamental, practical skills involved in a career as a home health aide. For each patient, an HHA is responsible for recording services performed, as well as the patient's condition and progress. They also record and report any changes in a patient's condition to the case manager or supervisor and also discuss observations with them.

Prerequisite(s): None

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • List the skills and qualities of the home health aide
  • Recognize resources in the community that assist the client at home
  • Identify strategies for infection control, disease prevention, and safety precautions in the home
  • Define the important parts of each body system and their functions
  • Recall methods for assisting clients with special needs

Home Health Aide Module 1
Orientation to Home Care Part 1

  • Learning About Home Care
  • Suggestions for Success
  • Evaluation and Certification
  • The Home Care Industry
  • The Home Care Team
  • Developing Effective Communication Skills
  • Communicating with Your Client and Family Members
  • Understanding Your Client’s Needs
  • Helping Clients to Meet Their Needs
  • Stages of Normal Growth and Development

Home Health Aide Module 2 
Orientation to Home Care Part 2

  • Understanding How the Body Works
  • Organization of the Human Body
  • Observing the Client
  • Observing the Pain
  • Reporting to the Agency
  • Incident Reports
  • Working With Ill and Disabled Clients
  • Effects of Illness on the Family
  • Reactions of the Client to Illness
  • Medical Terminology

Home Health Aide Module 3
Managing the Home Environment

  • Becoming Safety Conscious
  • Special Safety Considerations
  • Household Emergency Measures and Procedures
  • Developing a Work Plan
  • Cleaning Equipment and Supplies
  • Controlling Household Pets
  • Teaching Others
  • Measuring Food Energy
  • MyPlate Food Guide
  • Special Situations

Home Health Aide Module 4
Preventing Infection and Body Mechanics

  • Microorganisms
  • The Cycle of Infection
  • Preventing the Spread of Disease
  • Protecting Against Bloodborne Diseases
  • Sterilization and Disinfection
  • Using Good Body Mechanics
  • The Client in Bed
  • Helping the Client to Be Mobile
  • Using Assistive Devices
  • Infection Control

Home Health Aide Module 5
Bedmaking, Personal Care and Elimination

  • Types of Beds
  • Oral Hygiene
  • Bathing
  • Grooming
  • Range-of-Motion Exercises
  • Urinary Elimination
  • Bowel Elimination
  • Urinary and Bowel Elimination Problems
  • Caring for the Client
  • Standard Precautions and Medical Asepsis

Home Health Aide Module 6
Home Care Procedures

  • Urine and Stool Specimens
  • Sputum Specimens
  • Assisting Clients to Self-Monitor Blood Sugar Levels
  • Temperature and Pulse
  • Respirations and Measuring Blood Pressure
  • Medications
  • Oxygen Therapy
  • Intravenous Infusions
  • Dry Dressings
  • Promoting Circulation

Home Health Aide Module 7
Caring for Older Adults, Mothers, Infants, and Children

  • Facts About Older Adults
  • Adjusting to Growing Older
  • Safety and the Older Adult
  • Who Are the Caregivers
  • Elder Neglect and Abuse
  • The Postpartum Period
  • The Baby Blues
  • Caring for Infants
  • Working with Children
  • Discipline Versus Punishment

Home Health Aide Module 8
Clients with Mental Illness and Those Requiring Home Care

  • Mental Health
  • Mental Illness Treatment and Care
  • Substance Abuse
  • Infection Control
  • Home Health Aide Role
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Cancer
  • Cerebrovascular Accident
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • The Postoperative Client

Home Health Aide Module 9
Caring for the Client at the End of Life, Emergencies & Employment

  • Emotional Reactions to Death and Dying
  • Advance Directives and Hospice
  • Caring for the Dying Client
  • Preparing for Emergencies
  • Guidelines for Handling Emergencies
  • Locating Job Openings
  • Electronic Job Seeking
  • Certification
  • Supervision and Evaluation
  • Deciding to Leave Your Job

**Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated.**

Ed4Career is committed to being both environmentally conscious and making it easier for you to study! We’re making your education mobile! All of our textbooks are now provided as eTextbooks. You can access them on your laptop, tablet, or mobile device and can study anytime, anywhere.

The move away from physical books to eTextbooks means you get the latest, most up-to-date version available. This also makes your training more accessible, so you can study anywhere you have your phone or tablet. The best part is that all materials are included in your training cost so there are NO extra fees for books!

Upon successful completion of our Home Health Aide Course, students may be prepared, in part, to sit for state certification. Each state has its own regulations. Visit the National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) to view a state requirement list. Each state has specific requirements, we recommend you check with your state: health aide http://phinational.org/policy/home-health-aide-training-requirements-state

**Certification exams are not included in the cost of the course.**

 International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET)

Ed4Career has been approved as an Accredited Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). In obtaining this accreditation, Ed4Career has demonstrated that it complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of the Accredited Provider status, Ed4Career is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for courses and programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

The Continuing Education Unit (CEU) was created by IACET as a measurement of continuing education. One (1) IACET CEU is equal to ten (10) contact hours of participation in an organized continuing education experience under responsible sponsorship, capable direction, and qualified instruction. Under IACET's care, the IACET CEU has evolved from a quantitative measure to a hallmark of quality training and instruction. For more information on IACET, visit iacet.org.

Internet Connection

  • Broadband or High-Speed - DSL, Cable, and Wireless Connections

*Dial-Up internet connections will result in a diminished online experience. Classroom pages may load slowly and viewing large audio and video files may not be possible.

Hardware Requirements

  • Processor - 2GHz Processor or Higher
  • Memory - 1 GB RAM Minimum Recommended


PC Software Requirements

  • Operating Systems - Windows 7 or higher
  • Microsoft Office 2013 or higher. Also, you could use a general Word Processing application to save and open Microsoft Office formats (.doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx)
  • Internet Browsers - Google Chrome is highly recommended
    • Cookies MUST be enabled
    • Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled)
  • The Kindle Reader App or VitalSource Bookshelf App are needed for many of our courses (No special equipment needed. This can be downloaded for FREE onto your computer.)
  • PowerPoint Viewer (if you do not have PowerPoint)
  • Adobe PDF Reader
  • QuickTime, Windows Media Player &/or Real Player


MAC Software Requirements

  • Operating Systems - Mac OS x 10 or higher with Windows
  • Mac office programs or a Word Processing application to save and open Microsoft Office formats (.doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx)
  • Internet Browsers- Google Chrome is highly recommended
    • Cookies MUST be enabled
    • Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled)
  • The Kindle Reader App or VitalSource Bookshelf App are needed for many of our courses (No special equipment needed. This can be downloaded for FREE onto your computer.)
  • PowerPoint Viewer (if you do not have PowerPoint)
  • Adobe PDF Reader
  • Apple QuickTime Media Player


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900 West Orman Avenue
Pueblo, CO 81004
United States
Phone: 727-824-7800 ext. 8

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