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Online Home Health Aide Training

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Home Health Aide

Our online Home Health Aide training course shows you how to help the elderly, the disabled and people in ill health to maintain their quality of life and independence at home. As a graduate of our online Home Health Aide (HHA) classes you'll have the professional-level knowledge you need to succeed.

  • Prerequisite: None
  • Study Method: eBook (Online Textbook & Exams)
  • Program Length: As few as 4 Months

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  What You'll Learn

Our online Home Health Aide training course shows you how to help the elderly, the disabled and people in ill health to maintain their quality of life and independence at home. As a graduates of our online Home Health Aide (HHA) classes you’ll be prepared with the professional-level knowledge you need to succeed.

  • Infection control procedures
  • Effectively communicating with patients and families
  • Caring for the elderly patient
  • Personal care issues
  • Rehabilitation

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Lesson 1: Safety in the Home Environment  

Outdoor safety hazards; Assessing the environment for safety hazards; Avoiding slips, trips and falls; Walking surfaces and stairs.

Lesson 2: Bloodborne Pathogens  

Universal precaution methods; Protective equipment and clothing; Types of bloodborne pathogen exposure.

Lesson 3: Preventing Violence  

Dementia symptoms; Aggressive response behavior; Behaviors indicating pain; Caregiver/Patient communication.

Lesson 4: The Safe Patient Handling  

Health care ergonomics; High-risk patient care activities; Environmental risks; Mechanical aids for lifting/moving patients.

Lesson 5: Providing Care in the Home  

Common home health aide tasks; Communicating with insurance companies and health professionals; Tasks and responsibilities of other providers.

Lesson 6: Communication Skills and Working with People  

Verbal, written and non-verbal communication; Observation skills and reporting patient changes; Effectively dealing with patients, families and other health providers; The effects of pain and medication on communication.

Lesson 7: Caring for the Elderly Patient  

Aging population statistics and trends; Goals, feelings, and concerns of the elderly; Physical and cognitive changes related to aging; Transport safety; Exercise, sleep and medication.

Lesson 8: Working with Children  

Children’s specific needs; Family relations; Stages of child development; Developmental disabilities; Child abuse; Newborn and infant care.

Lesson 9: Caring for the Dying in the Home  

Dealing with feelings about dying and death; Stages of grief; Palliative care; DNRs, living wills, legal issues; Aid techniques for end-of-life patients.

Lesson 10: Infection Control, Cleanliness, and Safety in the Home  

Hand washing techniques and importance; Transmittable disease isolation techniques; Medical waste/supply procedures; Household duties; Safety hazards.

Lesson 11: Planning, Purchasing and Serving Food  

“My Plate” food guidelines; Food allergies and nutritional restrictions; Shopping for food; Safely storing and preparing food; Therapeutic diets; Safety factors when feeding.

Lesson 12: Basic Body Movements and Positions  

Body mechanic basics; Assessing daily activity level; Posture, support and alignment of patients.

Lesson 13: Skin Care and Personal Care  

Formation and healing of decubitus ulcers; Basic skin care; Effects of radiation and chemotherapy; Oral hygiene; Hair care and bathing; Toileting and bedpans.

Lesson 14: Rehabilitation  

Types and purposes of rehabilitation programs; Range of Motion (ROM) exercises; Proper use of wheelchairs, mechanical lifts, canes, crutches and walkers; Safely transporting a patient; Speech language therapy; Occupational therapy.

Lesson 15: Vital Signs, Fluid Balance and Specimen Collection  

Checking and reporting vital signs; Recognizing patient pain; Fluid balance; Collecting specimens for laboratory testing.

Lesson 16: Special Procedures  

Medication storage; Oxygen therapy; Blood sugar testing; Cast care; Care around IVs, catheters and ostomies.

Lesson 17: Common Diseases  

Common diseases in home health patients; Causes, signs and symptoms, and treatment of common diseases; Home health aides role in dealing with common diseases.

Lesson 18: Emergency Procedures  

First aid and CPR; Poisoning, burns, and shock procedures; Preparing for emergency situations.

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  What You Get

Complete our online Home Health Aide training course and on your terms. Begin when you want, study at your own pace and get help when you need it. We’ve eliminated the hurdles so you can make fast progress.

The content selected for our HHA training classes balances theoretical concepts and practical application. Your tuition covers:

  • Comprehensive HHA training eBook and study guides
  • Online, open-book exams
  • Dedicated academic support and tutoring
  • Participation in the Student Community
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At graduation you’ll receive your personalized diploma as well as an invitation to participate in our annual graduation ceremony. You’ll be proud knowing your career diploma will be an impressive addition to your resume, and an integral component of your success.

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