Home Health Care Worker

Provide home care for individuals who require care in their home; this would include elders, the disabled and others unable to properly care for themselves. Provide and coordinate individualized assessment, assessing appropriate home care interventions and linking to services and resources within the community so they may continue to live at home. Home care includes transportation, house cleaning, personal hygiene, assisting with exercises, physiotherapy, monitoring blood pressure and other physical conditions, providing meals and other health and wellness related activities. As well as being responsible for administering the home care program, Home Health Care Workers must maintain confidential client files, prepare and present reports and information as required. Must be familiar with all relevant legislation, policies and practices, and have first aid and CPR training. With an aging population, the demand for more home health care workers is high.

Skills Required

  • should enjoy working with and assisting people, and having clear rules and guidelines for their work
  • understanding, patient, gentle and non-judgmental
  • good physical and mental health
  • mature and dependable
  • able to communicate effectively and get along with people
  • willing and able to keep information about clients confidential
  • able to use tact and judgment in dealing with difficult situations
  • sensitive to the physical, social, cultural, spiritual and psychological effects of development and aging
  • respect client's right to privacy and to be treated with dignity
  • flexible and resourceful
  • able to work relatively independently and as a member of a team
  • be organized                             .

Education/Training Required

Diploma

Schools Offering Career Program

Holland College
Nova Scotia Community College

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Average Starting Salary
$20,280

Growth Rate
Good

Education Required
1 to 2 years