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Home Health Aide classes curriculum

Our Home Health Aide classes curriculum is developed by professionals in the field to provide students with the practical, real-world skills needed to provide care to the elderly, those with disabilities, and people in ill health. Our syllabus is comprehensive, covering health and safety regulations, how to properly lift and move patients, cleanliness and infection control, hygiene, patient nutrition, and more. Upon graduation, students are well-equipped to pursue a career in the growing home health care industry.

Lesson Group 1: Orientation: Ashworth College Career Program

Learning at Ashworth  

The goals and values of Ashworth College; time management; creating a realistic weekly and monthly study schedule; the nature and purpose of assessments; how to study effectively to prepare for and take an online examination; developing the skill sets necessary for success in the twenty-first century.

Introduction to Allied Health 

Introduction to the basic operations of allied health careers and the legal and ethical issues students may encounter while working in the different venues available for these fields.

Lesson Group 2: Safety Issues

Safety in the Home Environment 

Outdoor safety hazards; assessing environment for safety hazards; avoiding slips, trips, and falls; walking surfaces and stairs.

Bloodborne Pathogens 

Universal precaution methods; protective equipment and clothing; types of bloodborne pathogen exposure.

Preventing Violence 

Dementia symptoms; aggressive response behavior; behaviors indicating pain; caregiver/patient communication.

Safe Patient Handling 

Health care ergonomics; high-risk patient care activities; environmental risks; mechanical aids for lifting/moving patients.

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Program Description

The Home Health Aide program teaches students how to help the elderly, the disabled, and people in ill health to maintain their quality of life and independence at home. Focus is on safety and universal precautions; moving and lifting patients; cleanliness and infection control; caring for children, the elderly, and the dying; and patient health, hygiene, and nutrition. Students learn how to check and report on vital signs, handle special situations, and perform emergency procedures.

Program Objectives

After completing the Home Health Aide program, students will be able to:

  1. Describe the role of the home health aide, outline the responsibilities involved in caring for home-bound patients, and differentiate the home health aide's role from other care providers.
  2. Explain how to create a safe environment for the home health aide and the patient by identifying and describing OSHA regulations and other safe care requirements.
  3. Identify and describe proper communication skills with patients, families, other healthcare providers, and insurance companies.
  4. Describe typical duties and care responsibilities for patients of all ages and levels of health, with a focus on identifying issues and care concerns for specific populations.
  5. Identify credible sources of dietary information and describe how to plan, purchase, store, and serve food to patients with different dietary restrictions and health concerns.
  6. Identify and describe specific care regimens performed by the home health aide.
  7. Identify and describe exercises designed to help patients gain and maintain strength and flexibility.
  8. Explain how to take and record vital signs and collect bodily specimens for testing.

Careful prep for a career in caring

Ashworth College API Program Name Career Diploma program help you develop the confidence you need to reach for your career goals because we integrate job search prep into your studies. With the online tools at the Ashworth College Central Network, you’ll get step-by-step guidance as you create polished, professional resumes and letters. After you graduate, you’ll keep your Ashworth College Central Network account so you can revisit the tools any time you need to make a good impression on a potential employer. Learn more about it at the Career Services page.

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