Home Health Aide

A home health aide is a medical professional who is responsible for helping their clients with day-to-day tasks, like bathing and dressing. They may also be responsible for light housekeeping duties such as doing laundry or dishes to ensure patients’ home healthcare health and well-being. Home health aides monitor the condition of people with disabilities or chronic illnesses and help them with daily living activities.

Home health aides work in a variety of settings, including clients’ homes, group homes, and day services programs. Most aides work full time, although part-time work is common. Work schedules may vary.

Home health aides typically need a high school diploma or equivalent, but some positions do not require it. Those working in certified home health or hospice agencies may need to complete formal training or pass a standardized test.

Pay & Position Type

  • Entry-Level
  • The median annual wage for home health aides was $29,430 in May 2021.
  • The median hourly wage in the District of Columbia is $14.15.

Job Outlook

Employment of home health aides is projected to grow 33 percent from 2020 to 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations. About 599,800 openings for home health aides are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

I was at a point in my life that I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. I just wanted to help people. I went to community college for early childhood education and child psychology. Then I did hair, still working with people, listening to people’s problems. Then I worked in retail, still working with people. Then I became a home health aide in an assisted living facility. I love working in home health because I’m able to focus on one person at a time. Everything I have done career-wise was always working with people. I really enjoy helping individuals become better versions of themselves.