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Provide Patient Comfort with a Quick Healthcare Degree as a Home Health Aide
Knowing that you're providing valuable help to patients is one reason you may want to go into the healthcare field. Direct contact with patients and helping them to be comfortable is important. Some patients only need a little help with running errands or bathing, while others may need help with eating, getting dressed, and other daily tasks others take for granted. With a quick healthcare degree as a Home Health Aide, you can provide help directly to patients to make sure they're comfortable.  


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What is a Home Health Aide?
  A Home Health Aide is someone who provides in-home help to people for a variety of reasons. A patient may be ill or injured, disabled or elderly. The help provided could include basic care such as bathing, eating, and dressing as well as providing help running errands and going to doctor's appointments. Home Health Aides may also work with patients through hospice care.

The average earnings for a Home Health Aide is between $15,000 and $25,000 annually.
How do I become a Home Health Aide?
  Usually there is no formal training or education required to become a Home Health Aide. Instead, you receive on-the-job training. But earning a quick healthcare degree, especially in a nursing field, would be very helpful to you as you look for a job, and may expand your responsibilities. There is a national certification available from the National Association of Home Care and Hospice (NAHC).

If you work for an agency that is funded by Medicare or Medicaid, there is minimal training that's required.
What are the benefits and drawbacks of a career as a Home Health Aide?
  One of the benefits of a career as a Home Health Aide is the relationships you build with the clients. Unlike many nurses who see patients briefly, Home Health Aides work with the same patients for long periods of time. And since the care they provide is so personal, they get to know their patients on a more personal level. For those who want to go into the healthcare field to help people, this can make working as a Home Health Aide very rewarding.

One of the drawbacks of a career as a Home Health Aide is that there is little room for advancement. Often, people use a job as a Home Health Aide as a stepping-stone to another career in healthcare, or to gain experience while they're finishing another quick healthcare degree or certification program.
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