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What Makes a Great Home Health Aide?

Posted: 10/18/2019 8:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

It is an incredible time to be a home health aide. With the Bureau of Labor Statistics projecting a 36% growth in home health aide careers over the next 10 years, there is so much opportunity to join this rewarding profession (including many opportunities at Interim HealthCare locations across the United States!). 

Home health aide careers offer excellent opportunities for people with a range of backgrounds.

Whether you’re an experienced home health aide, a healthcare professional looking for a change of pace, or you’re coming from an entirely different career, there are many opportunities for you to find, nurture and grow your home health career. Here at Interim HealthCare, for instance, we offer a range of continuing education and training programs to help you advance your skills and stay at the top of your profession. 

What sets the best home health aides apart from the pack? 

If you’re considering a career as a home health aide, you may be wondering who is most apt to succeed in this rewarding profession. What are the traits of the most successful home health aides? Although there’s no “hard” list of traits, we’ve found over the past 50 years of helping patients that the best home health aides share many of these characteristics:

They feel drawn to serve

Maybe your grandparent was cared for by a compassionate home health aide, or you witnessed the loved one of a friend struggle with health issues. Or perhaps you simply realize the profound need for caring, professional care to keep seniors happy and healthy in their homes. 

 

Regardless of the exact “why,” we’ve found that the greatest home health aides feel drawn to serve and help others. They want to make a difference in the world, and in the lives of their neighbors in the community. A home health career gives them a powerful opportunity to truly make a difference.

They crave flexibility

Whether coming from a traditional 9 to 5 or having previously worked in a more demanding healthcare career, one reason the best home health aides were drawn to this profession was for flexibility and independence. 

 

Home health aides love being able to ditch the desk and avoid staring at a computer screen for 8 hours a day, and are instead working with their employers to create work schedules that provide flexibility and opportunity. 

They want stability

While this may seem to go against the need for flexibility mentioned, they also go hand in hand. That’s because the greatest home health aides recognize that not all home health careers and companies are the same. 

 

They want to work for a well-run, stable company that has the experience and passion necessary to provide them with career stability, mentorship and learning opportunities, and security. When they are with a company that meets these critical needs, they can focus on what’s most important -- taking care of their patients.

They prioritize patient needs

Every patient is different, and has a unique set of needs. At the same time, every home health aide has his or her own set of skills, experiences and background. Finding the right match between patient needs and home health aide skills is an art and a science -- one that is extremely important to the best home health aides. 

 

Elite home health aides understand that the best match between aide and patient can make a dramatic impact on the happiness of their patients, and can also empower them to always be on their “A” game.  They choose to work for organizations that similarly value finding the right matches, while also offering opportunities to grow and expand their skillsets. 

Do you have what it takes to be a superstar home health aide? 

Here at Interim HealthCare, our commitment to quality care and career support spans more than 50 years. We are committed to our employees and our patients, and are proud to support successful careers of passionate, professional home health aides across the United States. To learn more about our home health aide career opportunities and search for jobs in your area, please visit our Careers page.