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Home Health Aide (HHA)

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Our Home Health Aide Certification HHA class is a two day 16 hour course tailored to meet the needs of students who want to be certified as HHA and work as Home Health Aides in Oklahoma.

HHA Admission Requirements:

  1. Fill and complete application and admission forms. Applications can be filled out online, in the office at school, or the student can call or write an email to request an application form. Completed applications can be faxed, emailed, submitted through our online portal, mailed, or in person at our office.
  2. Clean CNA certification free from abuse if you are already a certified CNA in Oklahoma.
  3. Pass an Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigations (OSBI) background check.
  4. Provide two forms of identification. One must be a Social Security Card and the other must be a photo ID, such as a current State Identification card or Driver’s License.
  5. A signed copy of an affidavit of lawful presence stating citizenship or alien status.

Our HHA class is  designed  in following ways:

  1. Students who are enrolled in our CNA class can take 16 additional hours to become certified in both CNA and HHA upon passing their  CNA & HHA Oklahoma State Test.
  2. If you are already certified as a CNA in Oklahoma with a clean certification, you can enroll at MedNoc Health Career Training Courses for HHA class. You will attend HHA class for 16 hours (2 days) of training. Upon successful completion, you will take your HHA state test. If you pass, you will be issued with a HHA certification by the Oklahoma State Department of Health and Nurse Aide registry.
  3. You can also take 75 hours of HHA training to be certified as a HHA in Oklahoma if you are not a certified CNA. Please call for more information regarding this option.

Our HHA program  is approved and accredited by the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) & Nurse Aide Registry.  Our training code number is HHA Deem 141. Our HHA class is only 2 days.

You can click on the link below and open the  PDF document. Then find MedNoc Training College, under HHA section.

Approved Training and Competency Evaluation Programs

Our HHA class program is designed to cover the following topics in class:
A: Demonstrate a Basic Understanding of the Health Care Industry
B: Demonstrate Legal and Ethical Behaviors
C: Protect and Promote Client Rights
D: Communicate Effectively with Clients, Families, and Co-workers
E: Provide Assistance With Activities of Daily Living.
F: Understand and Use Infection Control Measures.
G: Provide for Client SafetyH: Demonstrate Basic Nursing SkillsJ: Demonstrate Psychosocial Care SkillsK: Provide Care for Clients with Alzheimer’s/DementiaThe information below about HHA job outlook has been provided by US Bureau of Labor Statistics website:https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/home-health-aides.htm#tab-1

Certified Home Health Aide (CHHA) Training Fees

Tuition, usable materials Study materials, Folders and files, Name Badge: $100.00
Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) State Certification Exam, Written and Clinical Skills $130.00
Total Cost: $230.00

Summary

Home health aides may provide some basic health-related services, such as checking a client’s blood pressure.
Quick Facts: Home Health Aides
2016 Median Pay $22,600 per year
$10.87 per hour
Typical Entry-Level Education No formal educational credential
Work Experience in a Related Occupation None
On-the-job Training Short-term on-the-job training
Number of Jobs, 2014 913,500
Job Outlook, 2014-24 38% (Much faster than average)
Employment Change, 2014-24 348,400

As Certified HHA you can work in the following areas:

Home Health Care Services
Individual and Family Services
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities)
What Home Health Aides Do

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Home health aides provide companionship to clients.

Home health aides help people with disabilities, chronic illness, or cognitive impairment with activities of daily living. They often help older adults who need assistance. In some states, home health aides may be able to give a client medication (Not in Oklahoma). HHA’s will check the client’s vital signs under the direction of a nurse or other healthcare practitioner.

Duties

Home health aides typically do the following:

  • Assist clients in their daily personal tasks, such as bathing or dressing
  • Provide basic health-related services according to a client’s needs, such as checking vital signs or administering prescribed medication at scheduled times
  • Do light housekeeping such as laundry, washing dishes, and vacuuming in a client’s home
  • Help to organize a client’s schedule and plan appointments
  • Arrange transportation to doctors’ offices or for other kinds of outings
  • Shop for groceries and prepare meals to meet a client’s dietary specifications
  • Help to keep clients engaged in their social networks and communities

Home health aides, unlike personal care aides, typically work for certified home health or hospice agencies that receive government funding and therefore must comply with regulations. They work under the direct supervision of medical professionals, usually nurses. These aides keep records of services performed and of clients’ conditions and progress. They report changes in clients’ conditions to supervisors or case managers. Home health aides also work with therapists and other medical staff.

Depending on their clients’ needs, home health aides may provide some basic health-related services, such as checking a client’s pulse, temperature, and respiration rate. They may also help with simple prescribed exercises and provide medication reminders. Occasionally, give massages, care for skin, or help with braces and artificial limbs. With special training, experienced home health aides also may help to transport clients to doctor’s appointments.

HHA Work Environment

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Most aides work in a client’s home; others work in small group homes or larger care communities.

Home health aides held about 913,500 jobs in 2014. The largest employers of home health aides were as follows:

Home healthcare services 38%
Services for the elderly and persons with disabilities 24
Residential intellectual and developmental disability, mental health, and substance abuse facilities 11
Continuing care retirement communities and assisted living facilities for the elderly 10

Most work in a client’s home, others work in small group homes or larger care communities. Some home health aides go to the same home every day or week for months or even years. Some visit four or five clients in the same day, while others work only with one client all day. They may work with other aides in shifts so that the client always has an aide. They help people in hospices and day services programs, and also help people with disabilities go to work and stay engaged in their communities.

Work Schedules

Most home health aides worked full time in 2014. They may be required to work evening and weekend hours to attend to their clients’ needs.

Injuries and Illnesses

Work as a home health aide can be physically and emotionally demanding. Aides must guard against back injury because they often move clients into and out of bed or help them to stand or walk.

In addition, home health aides frequently work with clients who have cognitive impairments or mental health issues and who may display difficult or violent behaviors. Aides also face hazards from minor infections and exposure to communicable diseases, but can lessen their chance of infection by following proper procedures.

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