Home Health Aide (HHA)

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Our Certified Home Health Aide (CHHA) is a 2-day class composed of 16 Clock Hours HHA training. This HHA course is tailored to meet the Oklahoma Home Health Aide training requirements as set forth by the Oklahoma Nurse Aide Registry. This HHA course meets the need of a student who wants to become a Certified Home Health Aide in the State of Oklahoma and work as a Home Health Aides for a Home Health Agency. The HHA program at MedNoc Training College offers classes every week on two consecutive days at our Oklahoma City Campus. To enroll in our Home Health Aide training program, you must already be certified as a CNA or enrolled in our Certified Nurse Aide training program to allow deeming hours from Long-Term Aide to Home Health Aide as required in Oklahoma. 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.

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.

Course Description:

The Certified Home Health Aide (CHHA) program is a 16-hour course, tailored to meet the needs of the students who want to be certified as a Home Health Aide and work as Home Health Aides in Oklahoma. The CHHA course must be completed in two consecutive days. CHHA can work for Home Health Agency, Homecare, and Private duty. Upon successful completion of this program and passing the State certification examination, the student shall be certified as a Certified Home Health Aide (CHHA) in the State of Oklahoma.

HHA Objectives:

  • Introduction to Home Care.
  • Infection Prevention and Safety in the Home.
  • Medications in Home Care.
  • New Mothers, Infants, and Children.
  • Meal Planning, Shopping, Preparation, and Storage.
  • The Clean, Safe, and Healthy Home Environment.

 Total Training hours for this program = 16 hours.

Class: 8 hours.

Skills lab: 8 hours

 Prerequisites:

  1. CNA certification or;
  2. Currently enrolled in the CNA program.

Admission Requirements:

  1. Student Application.
  2. A CNA certification, with no abuse notations.
  3. 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).
  4. A signed copy of an Affidavit of Lawful presence stating citizenship or alien status.

Our CHHA class is designed in the following ways:

  1. Students who are enrolled in our CNA class can take 16 additional hours to become certified in both CNA and CHHA upon passing their CNA & CHHA Oklahoma State Test.
  2. If you are already certified as a CNA in Oklahoma with a clean certification, you can enroll at MedNoc Training College for CHHA class. Students attend the CHHA class for 16 hours (2 days) of training. Upon successful completion, you will take your CHHA state test. If you pass, you will be issued an HHA certification by the Oklahoma State Department of Health-Nurse Aide registry.
  3.  A student may become CHHA in Oklahoma after completing a minimum of 75 clock hours in an approved program. (MTC does not offer this option).

STATE EXAM

A student already certified as a CNA in Oklahoma is required only to take the skills certification exam to be certified as a Home Health Aide in Oklahoma. The student enrolled in both CNA and CHHA programs shall only take one exam that covers both CNA and HHA. The exam shall be the knowledge and skills exam. The student must first complete all the hours assigned to the CNA program and then complete 16 hours of HHA. The student who passes the certification exam becomes CNA/CHHA. 

Skills:

  • 5 Skills.
  • 45 minutes.
  • 80% must be achieved on all skills.
  • Vital signs must be within 2 points margin error.
CHHA TUITION AND FEES
  ITEM COST
1 Tuition $ 100.00
2 State Certification Exam $ 130.00
  Total Cost $ 230.00
Our HHA class program is designed to cover the following topics in class:
  1.  Demonstrate a Basic Understanding of the Health Care Industry
  2.  Demonstrate Legal and Ethical Behaviors
  3.  Protect and Promote Client Rights
  4.  Communicate Effectively with Clients, Families, and Co-workers
  5. Provide Assistance With Activities of Daily Living.
  6.  Understand and Use Infection Control Measures.
  7. Home health aides may provide some basic health-related services, such as checking a client’s blood pressure.
  8.  Provide for Client Safety: Demonstrate Basic Nursing Skills: Demonstrate Psychosocial Care Skills: Provide Care for Clients with Alzheimer’s/Dementia. 
The 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

Summary

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). Home Health Aide 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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