Home healthcare used to be a career that nurses and therapists would choose after many years of working in hospital or doctor’s office settings as a transition toward retirement or “slowing down” in their professional lives. It’s true that home health positions offer great flexibility and opportunities to connect with patients. Today, many professional caregivers just getting started in their careers are choosing home healthcare for precisely these reasons.
In a previous blog post, we discussed some of the benefits to working in the home healthcare field. In today’s post, we are taking a closer look at why individuals might choose a career in home healthcare.
You have a strong personal motivation to care for others
Many caregivers who choose to come work with us at MediQuest Staffing usually tell us about a personal life experience they had as a caregiver for an elderly friend or family member. These experiences inspire their dedication to caregiving. Others share that they were inspired by a favorite person who had a career in this type of caring profession.
Whatever motivations drive them, our caregivers feel comfortable providing care in the home and find it to be fulfilling and satisfying work. In fact, they can’t imagine doing any other type of work. Other home health caregivers have established careers in nursing, or are aspiring to be in nursing, and they find that home health caregiving offers a more meaningful experience than working in a clinical setting.
You are a true professional
Here at MediQuest, all of our caregivers are chosen based on their qualifications, certifications, drug screenings, and background checks. The background check includes a criminal history check through the PA State Police and the Inspector General. We require FBI fingerprinting for any prospective employee who has not lived in our home state of Pennsylvania for the past 2 consecutive years.
Applicants for home health care undergo a personal interview, work reference check, and a written exam that tests their knowledge and skills. All applicants must have a minimum of one year of verifiable experience in a hospital or long term care facility.
While we realize these requirements are tough, we want to attract caregivers with integrity that embrace true professionalism. Do you have what it takes? We want to talk with you.
You sincerely love to help
Beyond the professional requirement aspects, the most crucial qualities for someone considering a career as a home healthcare professional are specific personality traits. If you naturally have compassion, patience, and feel sincere satisfaction in helping patients, becoming a home caregiver may be the perfect path for you.
In addition, you also need to be a hard worker, as the job can be physically and mentally demanding at times. You have to feel rewarded by the knowledge that you are helping even when your patient does not or cannot reinforce this message.
What are the responsibilities and duties of a home health caregiver?
In homecare, our CNAs, LPNs and RNs may be assigned to one patient for several shifts, or they may work with a few different patients. Responsibilities and duties vary depending on your education level.
Our RNs and LPNs assist with the following:
- Respite care
- Private duty care
- Administration of medication and treatments as prescribed by a physician
- Diabetic monitoring
- Post-hospitalization care to monitor client’s medical condition
- Support to patients under Hospice care
- Care Management – 1 hour visits by a licensed staff member to provide specialized care services
Additionally, our CNAs assist with the following:
- Dementia care
- Hospice support
- Respite care
- Personal care / Bathing
- Assisting with activities of daily living
- Shopping / Laundry
- Appointment transport
- Companion services
- Medication reminders
- Meal preparation
- Light housekeeping
It’s true that one of the largest parts of a home health caregiver’s duties is generally companionship, and in this career you get to know your patients on a personal level and provide consistent care for them.
There are opportunities in home healthcare to really provide the care that needs to be provided in the home. Our goal is to allow our patients to stay in their homes and age in place in an environment where they are accustomed to being, surrounded by their belongings and memories. Our home health caregivers make this immensely important need a reality.
Does this sound like you or someone you know? Check out (and please share!) our open positions here at MediQuest.