The profession of the home health aide has to be something that people must enjoy doing, and what you want is to make the job work for you and not against you. There are a lot of things you can do to get a lot out of the home health aide profession. I have been in the home health aide field coming up on five years, and I have learned a great deal as to what many home health aides have gone through and sacrificed to make the lives of those they serve easier.
The field hasn’t fared well giving how there’s such a high turnover rate with people leaving the field for other areas of health care. There’s five ways you can be able to survive the home health field:
- Document everything on your shifts. This will save you added energy having to explain everything to your supervisor or the next person who relieves you.
- Remain calm and professional. Remember you’re working with seniors and you have to have some patience with them.
- Staying ahead of the game. This field is not guaranteed in terms of hours so you want to make sure you line up assignments ahead of time in case you’re not with your regular person.
- Have a good relationship with your supervisor. It’s important to have a good working relationship with your management staff or supervisor. This helps you stay on track with your job and even getting more hours. Employees that look serious to their supervisors are getting the increased work hours.
- Make sure you know your job well. You will have clients and their family members who will try and make it seem as if you’re incompetent to do your job.
The home health field is not an easy job to work on if your heart is not into it. What you want is to make the job easier for you, but there will be challenges and you can get through it if you follow these five simple steps. There are so many home health aides who are not able to cope on the job due to the high level of stress that the job will often bring due to lack of support and having stability in terms of hours and assignments. Often many home health aides feel like they don’t have anyone who’s got their backs and that’s why so many are leaving the field at an alarming rate.
So many workers also don’t have a good relationship with their supervisors since some agencies are often changing people so fast that workers don’t have a chance to really know who their supervisors are which falls into the lack of support. Workers don’t feel like they’re being backed in terms of dealing with difficult issues on the job whether its problems with the client or the management staff itself. Following these five steps will make the job work for the better in the long run. I can safely say having been in the field for some time that it takes a good deal of patience and strength to deal with a lot of things and it does get easier if you are fortunate to have clients who treat you good.