For care to be optimal, the caregiver scheduling and reliability must be well managed.
While many home health aides work set schedules, they must always be prepared for change. A day’s activities might change due to the patient’s illness, or the aide might get called in without notice to assist with an urgent issue. The ability to be flexible helps patients, and it also serves the home health aide, keeping their stress levels low.
An aide’s exact tasks may vary by day, but they are typically full of activities. Home health aides need to budget their time to make sure they complete all tasks, from dispensing medication to grocery shopping to helping their patients take showers. Strong time management ensures that they meet all the expectations for their patients’ best care.
Home health aides work closely with other people who are often elderly, ill, or otherwise in need of care and help. One of the most important things home health aides can offer their patients is compassion. Compassionate aides are patient, kind, and empathetic. Their calm yet upbeat attitudes help their patients stay positive.
Verbal communication is a necessary skill set for home health aides. Aides need to communicate clearly and effectively to stay safe when lifting, bathing, or otherwise physically helping patients. They may also need to communicate with patients’ family members or with agency supervisors.
Physical strength and stamina
Home health aides are often expected to lift, turn and otherwise physically support their patients. They are often the only person present who can do these tasks, so they need to be physically strong, fit, and energetic.
So if your or a loved one is in need of well-managed care, reach out to us.