What You'll Learn
Our online Home Health Aide training (HHA training) consists of 18 comprehensive lessons. The information has been selected specifically to ensure you have the tools you’ll need to succeed as a professional home health aide. Key topics include...
- Infection control procedures
- Effectively communicating with patients and families
- Caring for the elderly patient
- Personal care issues
Lesson 1: Safety in the Home Environment
Lesson 2: Bloodborne Pathogens
Outdoor safety hazards; Assessing the environment for safety hazards; Avoiding slips, trips and falls; Walking surfaces and stairs.
Lesson 3: Preventing Violence
Universal precaution methods; Protective equipment and clothing; Types of bloodborne pathogen exposure.
Lesson 4: The Safe Patient Handling
Dementia symptoms; Aggressive response behavior; Behaviors indicating pain; Caregiver/Patient communication.
Lesson 5: Providing Care in the Home
Health care ergonomics; High-risk patient care activities; Environmental risks; Mechanical aids for lifting/moving patients.
Lesson 6: Communication Skills and Working with People
Common home health aide tasks; Communicating with insurance companies and health professionals; Tasks and responsibilities of other providers.
Lesson 7: Caring for the Elderly Patient
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 8: Working with Children
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 9: Caring for the Dying in the Home
Children’s specific needs; Family relations; Stages of child development; Developmental disabilities; Child abuse; Newborn and infant care.
Lesson 10: Infection Control, Cleanliness, and Safety 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 11: Planning, Purchasing and Serving Food
Hand washing techniques and importance; Transmittable disease isolation techniques; Medical waste/supply procedures; Household duties; Safety hazards.
Lesson 12: Basic Body Movements and Positions
“My Plate” food guidelines; Food allergies and nutritional restrictions; Shopping for food; Safely storing and preparing food; Therapeutic diets; Safety factors when feeding.
Lesson 13: Skin Care and Personal Care
Body mechanic basics; Assessing daily activity level; Posture, support and alignment of patients.
Lesson 14: Rehabilitation
Formation and healing of decubitus ulcers; Basic skin care; Effects of radiation and chemotherapy; Oral hygiene; Hair care and bathing; Toileting and bedpans.
Lesson 15: Vital Signs, Fluid Balance and Specimen Collection
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 16: Special Procedures
Checking and reporting vital signs; Recognizing patient pain; Fluid balance; Collecting specimens for laboratory testing.
Lesson 17: Common Diseases
Medication storage; Oxygen therapy; Blood sugar testing; Cast care; Care around IVs, catheters and ostomies.
Lesson 18: Emergency Procedures
Common diseases in home health patients; Causes, signs and symptoms, and treatment of common diseases; Home health aides role in dealing with common diseases.
First aid and CPR; Poisoning, burns, and shock procedures; Preparing for emergency situations.
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What You Get
Complete our certified 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
- After you graduate: Direct Care Alliance (DCA) Personal Care and Support Credential exam ($110 value), taken at a PSI Testing Center in your area upon acceptance of your credential application by the DCA
- DCA Credential Certificate, sent within two weeks of passing the DCA Personal Care and Support Credential exam
- Dedicated academic support and tutoring
- Participation in the Student Community
- Career Services powered by CareerBuilder®
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.
We’ve cleared the way. Start your Home Health Aide training online today. Speak with an Admissions Advisor at 1-800-957-5412 or enroll online now.