“Compassion brings us to a stop, and for a moment, we rise above ourselves.”

This week is “Home Care Aide Week,” a time when we recognize our home care aides and all that they do for their patients. These caregivers have various job duties and usually have some of the most difficult tasks to complete, and they do so without complaints. 

What Do Home Care Aides Do?

Some of the responsibilities of a home care aide include helping clients get dressed and undressed and maintain appropriate clothing. They also provide and assist with personal services such as bathing and grooming, and they may take care of the typical home-making duties if the patient is no longer able to handle those tasks. Additionally, home care aides may accompany patients to their doctor appointments and oversee the administration of prescribed medications to clients. Some other skills that all home care aides demonstrate include interpersonal skills and time management skills. Caregivers must be good listeners, and they must be able to connect with patients and their families on a more personal level in order to establish trust. Since they also have various tasks to complete during a shift, these individuals must be able to prioritize these tasks in order to get everything done. Caregivers are also asked to complete physical tasks, such as lifting patients as needed. 

Home Care Aide Training

Home care aides usually receive on-the-job training from registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, or experienced aides. In some areas, home care aides are required to have formal training from a vocational school, community college, or another home health agency. Many states license, certify, or register home health aides. Home health aides must learn various skills, but they also usually undergo pretty extensive training to obtain the position. 

Show Your Appreciation!

This week is the perfect time to show thankfulness and be appreciative of our home care aides. You can show your gratitude for home health aides by asking patients and their families (and even community members) to sign a large “Thank You” card. You can give these caregivers a personalized gift, such as a t-shirt or coffee mug. You can also reach out to your local businesses about advertising in the newspaper or on the radio commending all the hard work and dedication that these caregivers provide their patients. Or more simply, you can verbalize your appreciation and just say, “Thank you.” Whichever way you choose to express your gratitude for these individuals is perfect; just make sure you do. 

About the Author

Chelsea Woods has a Master’s degree in special education and is an Educational Diagnostician. Her passion is children, particularly children with special needs. Chelsea has been married to her husband Dylan for 6 years, and they have two girls, Kamdyn, five, and Emersyn, one. She enjoys time with her church family, working in their garden, and taking vacations and making memories as a family.