HOME HEALTH AIDES IN PHILADELPHIA, PA

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Home Health Aides are trained and certified health care workers who provide assistance to patients with personal care.

Medicare pays in full for an aide if you require skilled home health care (registered nursing or therapy services). A home health aide provides personal care services, including help with bathing, toileting, and dressing. Medicare will not pay for an aide if you only require personal care and do not need skilled care.

Medicare does not cover:

  • 24-hour care at home
  • Custodial or personal care when this is the only home care you need.
  • Household services such as shopping, cleaning and laundry when they are not related to your care plan.
  • Meal delivery to your home

Home Health Aide Skills & Competencies

In addition to hands-on training, home health aides must have other skills that can help them excel in their jobs:

  • Interpersonal skills: In addition to stellar listening and verbal communication skills, you must be able to connect with your patients and their families on a personal level. It is essential to gain their trust so you can make them feel safe and comfortable.
  • Time management skills: You will have many tasks to complete during your shift. The ability to prioritize them will help you get everything done.
  • Detail-oriented: Home health aides must keep track of a lot of things—medications, vital signs, and appointments, for example. The ability to pay attention to details is important.
  • Physical stamina: You will have to lift clients and perform other tasks that require strength.

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