Home Health Care Aides

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Home health care aides, also known as home health aides or home care attendants, serve elderly and infirm persons by visiting them in their homes and caring for them. Working under the supervision of nurses or social workers, they perform various household chores that clients are unable to perform for themselves as well as attend to patients' personal needs. Although they work primarily with the elderly, home health care aides also attend to clients with disabilities or those needing help with small children. There areĀ 820,630 home health aidesĀ in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Home Care Attendants, Home Health Aides
Duties Provide routine care for patients, such as bathing and washing; administer medications under a nurse or physician's supervision; carry out routine chores, such as shopping and cooking for patients; offer emotional support to patients
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $50,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Nationwide
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
School Subjects
  • Family and Consumer Science
  • Health
  • Psychology
Experience Any health care experience; on-the-job training
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Helpful
  • Social
  • Interpersonal
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Excellent
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Much Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Home Health Care Aide-Supervisor
  • Home Health Care Aide-Specialist
  • Home Health Care Aide