The success of a home health care business depends largely on hiring skilled and competent employees.
The home health care aide needs to assist people in their mobility, administer medications, undertake basic nursing activities such as taking blood pressure and bodily needs of the patient, make meals, transport the patient outdoors, do some basic housekeeping, and the like.
The key skills and requirements include:
- ability to understand medical terminology, and carry out doctor's orders
- basic understanding of emergency medical treatments
- ability to teach patients, and strike a rapport with them
- patience to cope with the fluctuating needs of the elderly
- ability to address patients' needs
- willingness to work flexible hours
Medical experience is preferable, though not essential. Some roles might require a nursing certification. The exact qualifications required to function as a home caregiver depends on the state licensing requirements.
The best option in the initial stages remains hiring part-time, contracted health-care workers. The entrepreneur would do well to perform a criminal and background investigations for each home health care aide hired, to ensure they have no history of abuse. Many states make this a compulsory requirement.
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