Is Home Health Care Right For You?
In this space, we have recently touched on career-focused topics such as nursing job satisfaction and how to know if it is time for a nursing career change. If seeing the flowers ready to bloom anew and feeling the renewal of springtime has you ready for a change, maybe it’s time to consider Home Health Care as a career option. While the home health care market is booming, it isn’t for everybody. Let’s take a look at whether a move to become a home health care provider is the right choice for you.
Today, more than 12 million individuals are receiving home health services. With more than 80% of seniors still owning their home and living alone or with a spouse, the demand for home health services is expected to double over the next several decades. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects job growth of 70% for home health and personal care aides by the year 2020. Better still, the growth is across the entire spectrum of care providers, from nurses and nurse practitioners to occupational, speech and physical therapists; no matter what your discipline is there are opportunities for everyone.
Here are some of the components of working as a home health provider:
Job Site – Home health care professionals provide their healthcare services in a patient’s home. If you are comfortable traveling to and from your scheduled appointments, rather than having the patient come to you, then you will appreciate this aspect of the position. It also means that you will not have everything at your disposal as you would in a clinic or hospital. Home health providers have to travel with the right supplies to ensure that they are providing maximum care to their patients.
On Your Own – While in essence, the home health provider has their employer behind them to provide support, training, and other administrative help, when you are caring for a patient in their home, you are on your own. Unlike when you need assistance in the hospital or clinical setting, providing home care requires you to be creative, think on your feet, and solve unexpected challenges without having someone to help right there next to you. If you enjoy being independent and feeling the responsibility of being on an island when you are with your patient, then Home Health Care can be a good fit.
Earning Respect – When you are providing care out of a more formal setting, the patient will often “go along to get along” because it is what the doctor ordered, etc. When the care setting moves to the patient’s home, they can sometimes feel more emboldened to resist taking a certain medication or performing a physical therapy treatment. In home health care, you will be tapping into your best powers of tactfulness and persuasion when you come across that patient who wants to say no.
Flexibility – Many of us are creatures of habit. We take the same route to work out of the same building day after day, and we prefer it that way. When you make the transition to provide care in the home, you are throwing routine and convention out the window. To be successful in home health care you will have to be comfortable in different settings, schedule changes at a moment’s notice, friends and family dropping by for coffee in the middle of an appointment, and any other variable imaginable.
Providing home health care can often mimic the feeling you may have if you were running your own practice. You have independence, flexibility, variability, and responsibility. You go to work each day with an extra reliance on your personal skill set and ability to relate to a patient-facing level of care. If this sounds appealing to you at this point in your career, then it is time to make a move. Fortunately, Supplemental Health Care has hundreds of Home Health Care opportunities available all over the country for you to consider. Contact us today and express your interest in exploring a Home Health Care position today.
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