Home Health Care Aide: Main Duties and Responsibilities (01:25)
Terri Lockerby cares for developmentally and physically disabled individuals. Home health care aides teach patients how to survive in society, cook, clean, interact with the general public, and safety practices.
Home Health Care Aide: Career Beginnings (01:07)
Lockerby met a woman who had cerebral palsy and needed assistance. After she passed away, Lockerby joined a company that works with developmentally disabled individuals.
Home Health Care Aide: Keys to Success (01:12)
Be patient and give a lot of love. Read a client's body language to understand how they are feeling and their needs. Telling someone who is violent, "I love you and we are going to work through this" will calm them down.
Home Health Care Aide: Education and Certification Requirements (01:59)
Home health care aides train annually with Reliance, a government-run organization. Courses include CPR as well as public, traffic, and fire safety. Lockerby attends meeting to discuss client concerns and advocates learning the Heimlich maneuver.
Home Health Care Aide: Workplace Atmosphere (01:12)
Lockerby takes her clients to museums and beaches to help them learn to be around strangers, personal boundaries, and how to relate to the rest of society. The government allots a number of hours with each individual.
Home Health Care Aide: Advice for Aspiring Pros (01:42)
Pay attention to surroundings and use sanitary precautions. No matter their age, those who have developmental disabilities are children. Be prepared for violent interactions.
Home Health Care Aide: A Day on the Job (02:19)
Lockerby describes how she helps clean and dress her client, make the bed, cook breakfast, do dishes, visit a museum, go to lunch, and use public transportation. Her client learns about personal space boundaries.
Home Health Care Aide: Industry Goals and Services (01:06)
Goals include teaching a disabled individual how to care for self and cope in society. Some physically disabled individuals can work using adaptive devices.
Home Health Care Aide: Industry Challenges (01:36)
Lockerby discusses why the turnover is so high in this profession. Home health care aides have to care; the client depends on the aide. Disabled individuals have feelings just like the rest of society.
Home Health Care Aide: Looking at the Future (01:11)
Lockerby explains why very little will change within the next ten years. There is training but it is not known to the general public. Agencies are always looking to hire goodhearted individuals with strong work ethics.
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