CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Home Health Aides

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Nursing Assistant
Benchmark Title: Home Health Aides
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Provide routine individualized healthcare such as changing bandages and dressing wounds, and applying topical medications to the elderly, convalescents, or persons with disabilities at the patient's home or in a care facility. Monitor or report changes in health status. May also provide personal care such as bathing, dressing, and grooming of patient. Maintain records of patient care, condition, progress, or problems to report and discuss observations with supervisor or case manager.
 
Provide patients with help moving in and out of beds, baths, wheelchairs or automobiles, and with dressing and grooming.
 
Provide patients and families with emotional support and instruction in areas such as caring for infants, preparing healthy meals, living independently, or adapting to disability or illness.
 
Entertain, converse with, or read aloud to patients to keep them mentally healthy and alert.
 
Plan, purchase, prepare, or serve meals to patients or other family members, according to prescribed diets.
 
Direct patients in simple prescribed exercises or in the use of braces or artificial limbs.
 
Check patients' pulse, temperature and respiration.
 
Change dressings.
 
Perform a variety of duties as requested by client, such as obtaining household supplies or running errands.
 
Accompany clients to doctors' offices and on other trips outside the home, providing transportation, assistance and companionship.
 
Care for children who are disabled or who have sick or disabled parents.
 
Massage patients and apply preparations and treatments, such as liniment, alcohol rubs, and heat-lamp stimulation.
 
Care for patients by changing bed linens, washing and ironing laundry, cleaning, or assisting with their personal care.
 
Administer prescribed oral medications, under the written direction of physician or as directed by home care nurse or aide, and ensure patients take their medicine.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Nursing Assistant
Benchmark Title: Home Health Aides
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Psychology Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
 
Public Safety and Security Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
 
Medicine and Dentistry Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
 
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
 
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
 
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
 
Therapy and Counseling Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Nursing Assistant
Benchmark Title: Home Health Aides
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
 
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
 
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
 
Negotiation Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Nursing Assistant
Benchmark Title: Home Health Aides
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Trunk Strength The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
 
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
 
Stamina The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
 
Gross Body Coordination The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion.
 
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
 
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
 
Speed of Closure The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
 
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
 
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
 
Time Sharing The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
 
Static Strength The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
 
Extent Flexibility The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Nursing Assistant
Benchmark Title: Home Health Aides
 
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
AIG OASIS Medical software
 
Mi-Co software Data base reporting software
 
Web browser software Internet browser software
 
Abdominal binders Abdominal binders
 
Anti-embolism elastic stockings Vascular or compression apparel or supports
 
Bathtub seats Shower or bath chairs or seats for the physically challenged
 
Bed cradles Extremities cradles
 
Canes Canes or cane accessories
 
Crutches Crutches or crutch accessories
 
Desktop computers Desktop computers
 
Electronic blood pressure cuffs Electronic blood pressure units
 
Enema equipment Enema kits or accessories
 
Foot boards Blanket frames or lifters
 
Glucometers Glucose monitors or meters
 
Heat lamps Medical heat lamps or accessories
 
Home care ventilators Home care ventilators
 
Ice caps Therapeutic ice packs or pillows
 
Ice collars Therapeutic ice packs or pillows
 
Knee braces Knee braces or hinged knee supports
 
Lower extremity prosthetic devices Lower extremity prosthetic devices
 
Manual blood pressure cuffs Mercury blood pressure units
 
Notebook computers Notebook computers
 
Ostomy bags Ostomy appliances
 
Oxygen equipment Oxygen therapy delivery system products accessories or its supplies
 
Patient lifters Patient lifts or accessories
 
Personal digital assistants PDA Personal digital assistant PDAs or organizers
 
Restraints Patient stabilization or fall prevention devices or accessories
 
Transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation TENS equipment Transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation units
 
Upper extremity prosthetic devices Upper extremity prosthetic devices
 
Urinalysis test strips Urinalysis test strips
 
Walkers Walkers or rollators
 
Walking braces Walking braces
 
Wheelchairs Wheelchairs
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Nursing Assistant
Benchmark Title: Home Health Aides
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education High School Diploma (or GED or High School Equivalence Certificate)
 
Required Level of Education Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in Personnel Services, Engineering-related Technologies, Vocational Home Economics, Construction Trades, Mechanics and Repairers, Precision Production Trades)
 
On-the-Job Training Over 1 month, up to and including 3 months
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training Up to and including 1 month
 
Related Work Experience None
 
On-the-Job Training Anything beyond short demonstration, up to and including 1 month
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Nursing Assistant
Benchmark Title: Home Health Aides
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Care Giver
Caregiver
Certified Home Health Aide
Certified Medical Aide (CMA)
Certified Nurse Assistant
Certified Nurses Aide (CNA)
Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
Developmental Aide
Direct Care Counselor
Direct Care Professional
Direct Support Person
Direct Support Professional
Habilitation Training Specialist
Health Care Assistant
Health Service Worker
Health Support Specialist (HSS)
Home Attendant
Home Care Aide
Home Care Attendant
Home Care Giver
Home Care Provider
Home Health Aide (HHA)
Home Health Attendant
Home Health Care Provider
Home Health Provider
Home Help Aide
Home Hospice Aide
Independent Living Specialist
Licensed Nursing Assistant
Medication Aide
Nurse's Companion
Nursing Assistant
Patient Service Representative
Personal Care Aide (PCA)
Personal Care Attendant
Personal Care Provider (PCP)
Resident Care Aide
Residential Aide
Residential Assistant (RA)
Residential Counselor
State Tested Nursing Assistant (STNA)
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Nursing Assistant
Benchmark Title: Home Health Aides
 
 
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