If you’re wondering how to get a home health aide job with no experience, here’s what you need to know.
First, it’s important to understand how both federal and state specific regulations impact your ability to get a home health aide job with no experience.
To work for a medicare approved facility, you must be a certified home health aide. However, there are both certified and non-certified home health and hospice agencies.
This means one can look to get a job at a non-certified home care or hospice agency if they do not have any experience.
But your search should end there…
Getting A Home Health Aide Job With No Experience
Home health aides are and will be in demand for the foreseeable future. Not only do we have an aging population that needs care, the first wave of baby boomers is starting to need care as well. The Bureau of Labor has the increase in demand for home health aide jobs at 48% from 2012 to 2022.
Why does this matter?
Because home health aide agencies, both certified and non-certified are in desperate need of qualified home health aides.
Therefore, many of these agencies and facilities offer free HHA training for their employees. Often, there is no prior experience one needs in order to take this training.
So, if you’re looking for a career as a home health aide and have no experience, there’s no need to restrict your search to only non-certified medicare facilities in the U.S.
On average certified home health aides do make more than non-certified as they may have a larger role in the patient’s care.
Know Your Local Regulations
The last thing you need to know is the local laws pertaining to becoming a home health aide. In some states you may have to register as a home health aide to get work. In others, there is no state organization that certified home health aides, it’s done on a national level.
In addition, when researching potential home care agencies of facilities to work for, ask what qualifications they have.
While there are no educational requirements to be a HHA such as a high school diploma, individual home health agencies and hospice centers may have qualifications of their own to become an employee.
In summary, since the demand of home health aides is high, there are many jobs available with no experience. Just as important, don’t limit your search to only non-certified facilities and agencies.