A Look at Careers in Home Health Care

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careers in home healthHome health care is becoming more common, more necessary, and more flexible.

The days of medical personnel making house calls with limited resources has morphed into innovative new ways to bring many of the diagnostic, administrative, and human resources of a large hospital to people who can’t get to one.

New roles for tablet computers and the promise of commercializing many of today’s miniaturized medical diagnostic advances are making this an exciting time for starting a career in home health care.

Here are a few examples of jobs in the modern home health care industry:

  • Registered Nurse – In a home health care capacity, a registered nurse may be called upon to deliver some, most, or all of the services they would in a clinic or hospital, making house calls to numerous patients or serving as a skilled caregiver for one patient.
  • Licensed Practical Nurse – While an LPN may not be able to diagnose certain ailments or carry out complex in-home care as an RN would, LPNs working in home care are often a critical element needed for the sick and/or elderly to continue to live in their homes as opposed to an institution.
  • Personal support worker/Caregiver/Care aide/Nursing assistant – Personnel (who may or may not hold a licence) who can visit a patient’s home to observe and document medical treatment, assist in rehabilitation, collect specimens for medical tests, and assist with meal preparation, personal hygiene, and provide overall emotional support.
  • Homemaker/homecleaner – This position travels to patients’ homes to carry out many quality-of-life tasks and RN or LPN would, allowing patients to continue to live in their home. Such personnel are not actively involved in a patient’s medical treatment. They may observe and report on a patient’s state of health.
  • Client service/home health assignment co-ordinator – This person will typically manage staff and service requests for a home healthcare company, assess client care needs, schedule assignments for field staff and handle overall field staff dynamics, morale, and efficiency.
  • Pharmacy assistant/Community pharmacy technician – In addition to the typical role of preparing prescriptions, compounding, ordering/inventory, and work involving pharmaceutical mathematics, knowledge of home healthcare techniques, advice and products is also important in this job.
  • Dietician – A home-health-care-focused dietician can help patients make meal choices that will speed their recovery, keep them healthy enough to continue to live in their home, and prevent malnutrition.
  • Physiotherapist – Provides in-home evaluation and treatment for patient movement and function conditions resulting from illness, injury or surgery. In-house, this can be done via manual therapy, therapeutic ultrasound, acupuncture, and soft tissue techniques.

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Have you ever worked in the home health care setting? If so, what did you think of your experience? Would you consider beginning or restarting a career in home health care? Comment below!

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