The Home Health Aide (HHA) training program will prepare students to become care givers in a home setting. This 120-hour program consists of classroom lecture and laboratory practice that prepares students to service the ever-growing population of individuals receiving care in their homes (elderly, adults and children with physical and/or mental disabilities). Students will be taught home care and patient care skills and must demonstrate competency in the same. The HHA course content includes training in areas of routine personal healthcare, such as bathing, dressing, or grooming; monitoring patients' blood pressure, pulse rate, temperature, and respiration rate; range of motion exercise and ambulation, safe transfer techniques and positioning. Students will explore orientation to home health aide services and the role of HHA; communication skills, understanding death and dying; understanding physical, emotional and developmental needs; practical knowledge and skills in home management including meal planning, modified diets, shopping and food preparation, basic infection control in home setting, light housekeeping and laundry chores; and assisting client with self administration of medications. This course will also include standard first aid and CPR training and certification (American Red Cross). The National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) offers national certification for personal and home health aides. Students successfully completing this course are eligible to take the exam. COURSE PREREQUISITE: A GED or High School Diploma and criminal background check.
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