Take the first steps towards a rewarding career of helping others. Fort Pierce Training Center and Penn Foster Career School’s home health care training can teach you the knowledge and skills to help you on your journey - whether it’s working for a certified home attendant or hospice agency, private home, or in a community setting. Our Home Health Aide program aligns to and exceeds the minimum Federal requirements for Home Health Aide training, including a required externship which allows students to gain supervised practical experience in the Home Health Care field.
With a projected 38% increase in home health aide jobs over the next few years, now is a great time to learn how to become a home health aide. Take the first steps in your direct care training as you learn how to assist clients with activities of daily living, monitoring and reporting changes in a client’s health, and serving as an instrumental part of a Home Care team.
This class is held both online and in the classroom.
Upon completion of the program, students will be able to...
- Describe a direct care worker’s/home health aide’s role in a private home or community setting
- Apply ethical and legal rules and regulations for direct care workers
- Demonstrate oral and written communication skills for speaking with patients, family, medical personnel, and other caregivers using appropriate language and terminology
- Apply standard procedures to maintain clean and safe environments for both themselves and their patients, including residential, transportation, and outside locations
- Demonstrate knowledge and skills in areas of science relevant to the home health aide’s role, including anatomy and physiology
- Apply standard practices to assist patients with the activities of daily living, including bathing, dressing, grooming, meal preparation, physical movement, and mental exercises
- Assess patients’ physical and mental condition, including vital signs, behavior, activity level, and mental acuity
- Administer medications, prescribed treatments, and basic first aid as directed by patients’ healthcare manager (when appropriate and allowed)
- React appropriately to emergency situations
- Maintain accurate records of patient care, condition, progress, and change
- Create meal plans according to prescribed dietary recommendations and restrictions
- Develop an instructional plan to teach families how to care for patients and react to emotional, medical, and physical situations
- Discuss unique practices and procedures involved with caring for special populations