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Do you want to make a difference in people's lives? Are you looking for a health care career that allows you to develop long-term, caring, respectful relationships with the people you care for? Are you interested in improving the quality of life for our most vulnerable citizens?

If you answered yes to these questions, then home health care may be the setting for you (also see Long-term Care). Home health care refers to health care and personal assistance services provided to people with disabilities or long-term illnesses in their own homes. In fact, over 675,000 people work as home health care providers. Licensed practical nurses (LPN), registered nurses (RN), physical therapists (PTs) and occupational therapists (OTs) all work in home health care settings, but the most common occupation in home health care is the home health aide.

Home health aides provide hands-on care, supervision, and emotional support to millions of people with chronic illnesses and disabilities. The majority of home health care recipients are elderly, but many are younger adults or children. Home health aides and paraprofessionals provide very personal care. In addition to helping with activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing, toileting, eating, and managing medication, these workers provide personal interaction that improves the quality of life and quality of care for chronically sick and disabled individuals.

For more information about direct-care worker jobs go to:

A Project of the Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute

Are you looking to join the Direct Care profession? Go to the Direct-Care Worker Information Center to:
  • Get an Overview of the rewards and challenges of working in long-term care
  • Learn about Job Duties and Training Requirements
    • Nursing Assistant or Certified Nursing Assistant
    • Home Health Aide
    • Personal Assistant and Home Care Aide
    • Direct Support Professional
  • Learn about Looking for Work
    • Is this the right kind of work for you?
    • Who do you prefer to work with?
    • What type of setting do you want to work in?
    • How to find a job
  • Learn about Wages and Benefits
Are you already a nursing assistant, home health aide, personal assistant, direct support professional, or other direct-care worker? Go to the Direct-Care Worker Information Center to:
  • Learn ways to Connect with Your Peers
    • Online Communities
    • Worker Associations
    • Unions
  • Learn about The Movement to Create Quality Jobs
    • National Organizations and Initiatives
    • Employer Best Practices
    • State-Based Initiatives
    • Worker Initiatives

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