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Career and Education Opportunities for Home Health Aides in Sacramento, California

Sacramento, California provides a wide variety of opportunities, both career and educational, for home health aides. About 48,000 people are currently employed as home health aides in California. By 2016, this is expected to grow 39% to 66,700 people employed. This is not quite as good as the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for home health aides are expected to grow by about 50.0%. In general, home health aides provide routine, personal healthcare, such as bathing, dressing, or grooming, to elderly, or disabled persons in the home of patients or in a residential care facility.

Income for home health aides is about $10 per hour or $20,830 per year on average in California. Nationally, their income is about $9 per hour or $20,460 per year. Incomes for home health aides are not quite as good as in the overall category of Nursing in California, and not quite as good as the overall Nursing category nationally. Home health aides work in a variety of jobs, including: direct care counselor, direct support person, and direct support professional.

There is one school within twenty-five miles of Sacramento where you can study to be a home health aide, among forty-two schools of higher education total in the Sacramento area. Given that the most common education level for home health aides is a high school diploma or GED, you can expect to spend only a short time studying to be a home health aide if you already have a high school diploma.

CAREER DESCRIPTION: Home Health Aide

Home Health Aide video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, home health aides provide routine, personal healthcare, such as bathing, dressing, or grooming, to elderly, or disabled persons in the home of patients or in a residential care facility.

Home health aides furnish patients with help moving in and out of beds, baths, wheelchairs or automobiles, and with dressing and grooming. They also entertain or read aloud to clients to keep them mentally healthy and alert. Equally important, home health aides have to maintain archives of patient care and discuss observations with supervisors or case managers. They are often called upon to serve meals to patients or other family members, in line with prescribed diets. Finally, home health aides change bed linens, wash and iron patients' laundry, and clean patients' quarters.

Every day, home health aides are expected to be able to articulate ideas and problems. They need to understand what others are saying to them even in a noisy environment. It is also important that they evaluate problems as they arise.

It is important for home health aides to accompany clients to doctors' offices and on other trips outside the home, providing transportation, assistance and companionship. They are often called upon to execute a variety of duties as requested by client. They also check patients' pulse, temperature and respiration. They are sometimes expected to furnish patients and families with emotional support and instruction in areas such as caring for infants, preparing healthy meals or adapting to disability or illness. Somewhat less frequently, home health aides are also expected to serve meals to patients or other family members, in line with prescribed diets.

Home health aides sometimes are asked to direct patients in simple prescribed exercises or in the use of braces or artificial limbs. They also have to be able to administer prescribed oral medications under written direction of physician or as instructed by home care nurse and aide And finally, they sometimes have to furnish patients with help moving in and out of beds, baths, wheelchairs or automobiles, and with dressing and grooming.

Like many other jobs, home health aides must be reliable and believe in an agile approach to problem solving and deal with change.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Sacramento include:

  • Certified Nursing Aide. Provide basic patient care under direction of nursing staff. Perform duties, such as feed, bathe, or move patients, or change linens.
  • Psychiatric Aide. Assist mentally impaired or emotionally disturbed patients, working under direction of nursing and medical staff.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Home Health Aide Training

American River College - Sacramento, CA

American River College, 4700 College Oak Dr, Sacramento, CA 95841-4286. American River College is a large college located in Sacramento, California. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 37,601 students. American River College has a two to four year program in Home Health Aide/Home Attendant.

CERTIFICATIONS

Certification in Cardiac Medicine: Your pursuit of CMC® subspecialty certification reflects the dedication you exemplify as you provide direct bedside care to acutely and critically ill adult cardiac patients.

For more information, see the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses website.

Certified Home Care Aides: The Home Care Aide Certification Program establishes national standards for preparation of home care aides.

For more information, see the National Association for Home Care website.

Pharmacology: NAPNES Certification in Pharmacology allows LP/VNs to measure their knowledge against a national test and offers a national credential, post-licensure, that many employers require.

For more information, see the National Association for Practical Nurse Education and Service, Inc. website.

LICENSES

Home Health Aide Certification

Licensing agency: Department of Health Services
Address: Licensing and Certification, Aide and Technician Certification Section, 1615 Capitol Avenue, MS 3301, P. O. Box 942732, Sacramento, CA 94234-7320

Phone: (916) 327-2445
Website: Department of Health Services Licensing and Certification Aide and Technician Certification Section

LOCATION INFORMATION: Sacramento, California

Sacramento, California
Sacramento, California photo by Urdangaray

Sacramento is located in Sacramento County, California. It has a population of over 463,794, which has grown by 13.9% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in Sacramento, 93, is below the national average. New single-family homes in Sacramento are valued at $185,300 on average, which is far less than the state average. In 2008, nine hundred thirty-four new homes were constructed in Sacramento, down from 1,337 the previous year.

The top three industries for women in Sacramento are health care, educational services, and public administration. For men, it is construction, public administration, and accommodation and food services. The average travel time to work is about 23 minutes. More than 23.9% of Sacramento residents have a bachelor's degree, which is lower than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 8.4%, is lower than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Sacramento is 14.7%, which is greater than California's average of 12.3%.

The percentage of Sacramento residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 36.9%, is less than both the national and state average. Pearly Gate Missionary Baptist Church, Peace Lutheran Church and Parkview Presbyterian Church are among the churches located in Sacramento. The most prominent religious groups are the Catholic Church, the LDS (Mormon) Church and the Assemblies of God.

Sacramento is home to the Southern Pacific Shops and the Bing Maloney Golf Course as well as Alkali Flat North Historic District and Silva Field. Shopping centers in the area include Farmers Center Shopping Center, Florin Square Shopping Center and Franklin and Florin Shopping Center. Visitors to Sacramento can choose from Best Western Sutter House, Best for Less Motel-Cababa Lodge and AAA Residence Inn for temporary stays in the area.