For those considering a career in the medical field, it is essential to know what kind of care takes place in each of the common areas you may be working in. Home Based care is likely the most relaxed area to work in at any level and has a minimal patient turnover. If you are seeking a career as a Certified Nursing Assistant or Home Health Aide and you desire a daily routine with a simple workload, this could be the place for you.
What is Home Based Care?
For clients that can afford the service, home based care is an excellent alternative to living in a nursing home for many elderly and otherwise disabled clients. Instead of sharing a facility room with strangers and dealing with the noises of being surrounded by so many people, these clients live in the comfort of their own home, surrounded by family and friends and bring the nursing staff to them. As a Home Health Aide, your job is to provide many of the services needed by the resident to assist them with their Activities of Daily Living (ADLs). While a home health aide is a skill profession, you are not permitted to engage in medically inclined tasks such as giving medications or tampering with IV pumps.
The Benefits of Working in Home Based Care
Working as a Home Health Aide in home based care has many benefits. In the years I worked in private home care, my favorite part of the job was that I was not rushed by ten impatient residents all expecting to be cared for before anyone else. Instead, I was able to focus all of my time and attention on my sole client and was able to not only meet his medical assistance needs, but to engage him in social activity and companionship care. For most of these people, they simply want someone to hear them out. Many of our clients have lived very interesting lives (World War II for example) and their stories are just amazing. I even had one client that despite being bed bound was in the processing an autobiography about himself with the help of a publisher so that his story and legacy could be shared with future generations of his family.
Another benefit this home based care is that you develop a relationship with your client and their family. As a result, they understand that you are human and have a family of your own. I was working on my college degree while working with my clients. Each of them over the years allowed me to bring my laptop with me to work on my schoolwork while they were resting and I had my daily tasks completed.