Home health aide is an integral part of the U.S. healthcare system projected to grow more than 30% in the next ten years. The demand for home health and personal care aides will only continue to rise as more and more Baby Boomers reach retirement age. In addition to being recession-proof, a career in caregiving may provide you with benefits that include personal growth and development, job satisfaction, and flexibility. What does it take to be a good home health aide? Read on to learn more about the top qualities that professional home health aide should have. 

Patience

Taking care of a client’s most personal needs can get frustrating, while a condition like dementia may cause agitation or significant memory loss. A good home health aide is someone who practices patience in all types of situations by learning how to manage their emotions.

Responsible

A responsible home health aide is a mindful, conscientious person who truly cares about their clients, someone who can step in and respond to specific needs without always being asked. Responsibility also involves dedication to company requirements like being on time and attending employee training.

Professionalism

A good home health aide takes pride in what they do while having a clean and neat appearance, acting with respect, and using language that isn’t inappropriate or offensive. Another aspect of being professional is setting boundaries so that clients don’t get too emotionally attached and view you as a family member rather than a personal assistant.

Integrity

Integrity means being honest. Sadly, there are plenty of stories about dishonest in-home health care aide who took advantage of older clients. Some are even guilty of elder abuse. No matter how good a home health aide is, they must have integrity.

Empathy and Compassion

Empathy is the human emotion of understanding and sharing another person’s feelings. An aging client’s life experiences may be quite different than those of their home health aide. A compassionate home health aide can empathize with feelings like loss of independence, function, and friends while building a trusting relationship with their client.

Assertive

Good home health aides also advocate strongly for those in their care. They aren’t afraid to ask questions, for example, while accompanying a client to their doctor’s appointment to ensure their client gets the best care possible.

Optimism

A sense of optimism is the belief that the glass is half full. While the expression of optimism might differ with each home health aide, it should be an underlying emotion of positivity. This is notably important in a situation where the client relies heavily on the home health aide. In general, optimism is a necessary home health aide quality to encourage a better mood and improve functioning.

Flexibility

Every home health aide brings a unique set of skills to the table. An exceptional home health aide possesses a flexible mindset and can quickly respond to a different set of client needs even within a single day. When a client provides feedback to their home health aide, they need to hear what is being said and adapt accordingly to ensure a higher quality of life.

Detail-Oriented

Successful home health aides are also good managers of their time. They create and stick to tight schedules, plan well for emergencies, and organize responsibilities beforehand so they don’t have to scramble at the last minute. Being detail-oriented is notably important when caring for a client with memory loss or a terminal illness.

Cooperative

A good home health aide is someone who functions well while serving as part of a caregiving team. While communicating what they’ve learned with fellow members, they may be asked to coordinate care with professionals that include doctors, home health nurses, physical and occupational therapists, social workers, and others.

Are You Ready to Make a Difference?

If you are ready to make a difference in the lives of others by serving as a professional in-home health care aide, we invite you to join our winning team. Due to our expanding client load, Luna Vista Home Health & Hospice is currently seeking qualified individuals to fill several exciting caregiving positions. While proudly serving communities in Albuquerque and Rio Rancho, we support clients and their families with services that include personal care, respite care, private duty care, 24-hour care, Alzheimer’s and dementia care, and more.

As a highly valued member of the Luna Vista Home Health & Hospice team, you’ll enjoy a fast-paced, positive work environment where your input is valued and hard work rewarded. We also offer competitive pay, flexible scheduling, ongoing staff training, and career advancement opportunities galore. No matter your experience level or education, we’d love to hear from you! To learn more about our open positions, please visit us today at www.lunavistahhc.com.