Home Health Care Aides

Home health care aides, also known as home health aides or home 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 806,710 home health aidesĀ in the United States.

Quick Facts
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
Alternate Title(s) Home Attendants, Home Health Aides
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $50,000
Employment Prospects Excellent
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Nationwide
Education and Training
  • High School Diploma
Related School Subjects
  • Family and Consumer Science
  • Health
  • Psychology
Experience Any health care experience; on-the-job training
  • Interpersonal
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Helpful
  • Social
Licensure/Certification Required
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Home Health Care Aide, Supervisor
  • Home Health Care Aide, Specialist
  • Home Health Care Aide

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