Online Home Health Aide Training Curriculum
Health care jobs are in demand across Canada. Once you complete our online Home Health Aide training, you'll be ready to enter a competitive market. PCDI Canada gives you the skills you need to advance your career.
Outdoor safety hazards; Assessing the environment for safety hazards; Avoiding slips, trips and falls; Walking surfaces and stairs.
Universal precaution methods; Protective equipment and clothing; Types of bloodborne pathogen exposure.
Dementia symptoms; Aggressive response behavior; Behaviors indicating pain; Caregiver/Patient communication.
Health care ergonomics; High-risk patient care activities; Environmental risks; Mechanical aids for lifting/moving patients.
Common home health aide tasks; Communicating with insurance companies and health professionals; Tasks and responsibilities of other providers.
Verbal, written and non-verbal communication; Observation skills and reporting patient changes; Effectively dealing with patients, families and other health providers; The effects of pain and medication on communication.
Aging population statistics and trends; Goals, feelings, and concerns of the elderly; Physical and cognitive changes related to aging; Transport safety; Exercise, sleep and medication.
Children’s specific needs; Family relations; Stages of child development; Developmental disabilities; Child abuse; Newborn and infant care.
Dealing with feelings about dying and death; Stages of grief; Palliative care; DNRs, living wills, legal issues; Aid techniques for end-of-life patients.
Hand washing techniques and importance; Transmittable disease isolation techniques; Medical waste/supply procedures; Household duties; Safety hazards.
“My Plate” food guidelines; Food allergies and nutritional restrictions; Shopping for food; Safely storing and preparing food; Therapeutic diets; Safety factors when feeding.
Body mechanic basics; Assessing daily activity level; Posture, support and alignment of patients.
Formation and healing of decubitus ulcers; Basic skin care; Effects of radiation and chemotherapy; Oral hygiene; Hair care and bathing; Toileting and bedpans.
Types and purposes of rehabilitation programs; Range of Motion (ROM) exercises; Proper use of wheelchairs, mechanical lifts, canes, crutches and walkers; Safely transporting a patient; Speech language therapy; Occupational therapy.
Checking and reporting vital signs; Recognizing patient pain; Fluid balance; Collecting specimens for laboratory testing.
Medication storage; Oxygen therapy; Blood sugar testing; Cast care; Care around IVs, catheters and ostomies.
Common diseases in home health patients; Causes, signs and symptoms, and treatment of common diseases; Home health aides role in dealing with common diseases.
First aid and CPR; Poisoning, burns, and shock procedures; Preparing for emergency situations.
The Home Health Aide program teaches students how to help the elderly, the disabled, and people in ill health to maintain their quality of life and independence at home. Focus is on safety and universal precautions; moving and lifting patients; cleanliness and infection control; caring for children, the elderly, and the dying; and patient health, hygiene, and nutrition. Students learn how to check and report on vital signs, handle special situations, and perform emergency procedures.
After completing the Home Health Aide program, students will be able to:
- Describe the role of the home health aide, outline the responsibilities involved in caring for home-bound patients, and differentiate the home health aide's role from other care providers.
- Explain how to create a safe environment for the home health aide and the patient by identifying and describing OSHA regulations and other safe care requirements.
- Identify and describe proper communication skills with patients, families, other healthcare providers, and insurance companies.
- Describe typical duties and care responsibilities for patients of all ages and levels of health, with a focus on identifying issues and care concerns for specific populations.
- Identify credible sources of dietary information and describe how to plan, purchase, store, and serve food to patients with different dietary restrictions and health concerns.
- Identify and describe specific care regimens performed by the home health aide.
- Identify and describe exercises designed to help patients gain and maintain strength and flexibility.
- Explain how to take and record vital signs and collect bodily specimens for testing.