Home Health is a field that includes occupational therapy, physical therapy, and medical home care. There are many careers in this field including hospital staff, private companies, and government positions.
Home health aides help with tasks such as cleaning, organizing, and delivering materials or services. A home health aide can work full time or part time. They can also be hired on a part time or non-paid basis.
This field can be very competitive so it is important to have a clear agenda for your career development. What next steps do you want to take? What projects do you want to work on? What titles do you want to have?
This section will talk about some goals GHzHists believe are essential for entry level and non-native English speakers alike.
Improve finger dexterity
Facilitating daily tasks such as washing dishes or climbing stairs can affect your fingers. Determining how well you can handle various tasks is important in improving your health and mobility.
Diskettes are a fun way to work on your hand and wrist flexibility. You can purchase them at most retail stores, or you can make yourself one at home!
Working with small openings or closures is an excellent way to practice finger dexterity. For example, opening a jar is the best diskette-based skill you can have- easy enough for an advanced user, but not too hard for a new player.
You can also try laying a shelf in your home orshop, operating the controls for it, etc.
Improve hand function
Hand function is a primary focus of occupational therapy. There are many ways to improve hand function including: practicing typing, writing, cooking, etc.
Today, we are focusing on improving the function of the wrist and hand. As a home health company, you may be looking to improve the following areas for your customers:
Typing: This can be done on a phone or computer. The best way to do this is by using your hands as support and keeping your palm supported by the keyboard or mouse.
Cooking: It is best to learn how to cook from a manual or on the internet. Starting with simple ingredients and working down is the best way to improve your skill level.
Improve shoulder function
Improving shoulder function is very important in home health therapy. There are a few things that can help increase shoulder function such as improving shoulder position, improving mobility, and improving strength.
Keeping your arms up with your shoulders back is one of the most basic movements you can make. When you bring your arms up, you have to rotate your upper arm clockwise and then counterclockwise.
Rotating your upper arm takes a little effort, so you should only make this movement when you are actually ready to do it. Keeping the shoulder forward means more movement on the other side of the body.
Keeping the legs active and moving them together is another way to improve hip and knee functions. This helps increase flexibility in the body, which in turn helps improve joint function.
Strengthen neck muscles
Finding ways to strengthen your neck muscles is an easy way to gain some strength. Being able to rotate your head from side to side is a small feat, so don’t be too hard on yourself.
Nostrils are located at the back of the head and require careful movement to properly expose and cover. When rotating the head, doing so slightly back and forth can expose new areas of clothing or equipment you hadn’t previously viewed.
This action can also help add more benefits to your care, such as providing support for an older client who may not have strong arms or a good grasp on how to take care of themselves.
By adding some simple neck exercises into your home health care goals, you will be able to strengthen your neck muscles and add more benefits to your care.
Learn to keep head upright
This sounds funny, but I was actually very nervous when I first started Head Up. I thought, “I’m going to have to learn how to keep my head up for a minute or two,” or “I have to be able to sit for a minute with my feet on the floor.”
But after about a month of practice, it just becomes second nature. You start noticing it when your head falls and you need to get up from your seat or move away from someone. It is such a subtle process, but with enough time and effort, you can do it!
The best way to learn how to keep the head up is to slowly build time in your practice.
Learn to use a wheelchair for ambulation
When you have a client that can’t walk but needs to ambulatebekindness how to use a wheelchair for movement is an important health goal.
Many clients find the ability to ride a bike, or use a convenient stroller, the best way to learn how to use a wheelchair for movement. A quick lesson can go a long time gift.
Learning how to use a wheelchair for ambulation is not just about being able to get around the house, but also about learning mobility skills like using the bathroom or changing places. Many times clients need help with these more basic movements due to aging related changes.
Some ways to teach someone how to ride a bike or use a stroller is by letting them do it themselves first. Then, once they are comfortable, you can give them assistance at your home or at another location.
Practice balancing skills
Home health care is a rapidly growing sector of the economy. Due in part to the advancement of digital technology, jobs are being created and expanded every year.
This growth is not coming at a cost, as many money-making careers have been created to deliver services via computer or phone. As people move towards a e-commerce purchasing experience, access to skills is more readily available.
Many non-trained individuals look to open their homes or offices to learn how to do some routine tasks or how to better communicate with their customers. This can be freeing for both parties, as they know they are making an educated decision when they hire someone who can do something about their home health care issues.
Generally, people who do home health care are certified on the job training, which includes getting some experience working with clients. Some schools offer these classes, but it is up to the teacher to make them accessible.
Learn use of prosthetic device(s) or reappraisal of current device(s)
Home health aide goals can be to learn how to use a prosthetic device, or to reappraise the device you have.
Prosthetic devices can be fun to use. You can find new ways to utilise them and make them your own. Using the right prosthetic device for your needs is a process that takes time and effort.
You do not need special training to use a prosthetic device. The best aides learn how to use non-electric devices so they can help their clients with power struggles or preventative care. Alleviating pain is one of the best ways to prepare yourself for dealing with an electric orthotic.
Some devices are designed with patients in mind instead of someone who has access to special equipment.