Simi Institute for Careers & Education | Evaluated Learning Experience
Home Health Aide AH 204
48 hours (8 weeks).
January 1994 - Present.
Upon successful completion of the learning experience, students will be able to describe a home health aide’s role in a private home or community setting; apply ethical and legal rules and regulations for direct care workers; demonstrate oral and written communication skills for speaking with patients, family, medical personnel, and other caregivers using appropriate language and terminology; apply standard procedures to maintain clean and safe environments for both themselves and their patients, including residential, transportation, and outside locations; demonstrate knowledge and skills in areas of science relevant to the home health aide’s role, including anatomy and physiology; apply standard practices to assist patients with the activities of daily living, including bathing, dressing, grooming, meal preparation, physical movement, and mental exercise; assess patients’ physical and mental condition, including vital signs, behavior, activity level, and mental acuity; administer medications, prescribed treatments, and basic first aid as directed by patients’ healthcare manager (when appropriate and allowed); react appropriately to emergency situations; maintain accurate records of patient care, condition, progress, and change; create meal plans according to prescribed dietary recommendations and restrictions; develop an instructional plan to teach families how to care for patients and react to emotional, medical, and physical situations; and discuss unique practices and procedures involved with caring for special populations.
This course covers legal ethics; infection and safety in the home; personal care services; nutrition; cleaning care and tasks in the home; interpretation of medical role of the HHA and agency; and social needs of the people being served. Prerequisite: Current Nurse Assistant certification.
In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 2 semester hours in Allied Health (4/22).