Typical duties of a home care aide include assisting clients with daily tasks, such as bathing and grooming, checking vital signs, tracking and administering medication, and basic housekeeping, such as laundry and vacuuming. A home care aide also maintains the client's schedule and offers companionship.
Common home care aide duties also entail making transportation arrangements for clients to doctor's offices and socialization events, grocery shopping, cooking meals, washing dishes and helping a client dress herself. With certain clients, a home care aide checks respiration rate, pulse and temperature. She changes bandages and dressings, helps with skincare, braces or artificial limbs. She also gives massages. After training, a home care aide can help manage ventilators and other specialized medical equipment.
Home care aides, also called home health aides, work for hospice organizations or certified home health agencies. Registered nurses often supervise the aides, and the aides maintain records of services they perform and on the client's progress and any changes in condition. Home care aides are part of a patient care team that includes medical staff such as nurses and therapists. The aides tend to work with patients who are chronically sick, disabled or who have cognitive issues. Most aides have at least a high school diploma and pass standardized exams.