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Health Careers Education
Home Health Care Nursing Assistant
This course meets the requirements set by the Oklahoma Department of Health for home health care assistant. Upon completion of this course, the student will be eligible to set for the state certification exam. Use this course when adding the entire career major to another career major.
Lara Skaggs
Program Manager
405 743 5106
Long Term Care Assistant career major must be successfully completed before taking this career major.
Role of the Nursing Assistant in Home Health Care

The student will identify and determine appropriate responses that define the scope and practice of a nurse assistant in the home health environment.

-Identify the members of the nursing team and requirements for education and training.
-Define terms.
-Determine appropriate situations the when the CNA should contact the home health agency.
-Identify the chain of command to be followed when problems are identified.
-Identify state and federal regulations (OBRA) affecting nurse assistants.
-Describe the role, responsibilities, and limitations of nurse assistants working within the scope of practice.
-List potential agencies that employ home health care aides.
-Identify the prerequisites to becoming a home health care aide in the state of Oklahoma.
-State how to maintain a home health care aide certification.
-List ways to verify state of Oklahoma requirements for the home health care aide.
-Discuss when to contact the nurse aide registry.
-Discuss advancement options for the home health care aide.
-Discuss options for further educational opportunities for the home health care aide.

Special Skills for the Home Health Aide

This module will build on the skills for the Long Term Care aide (LTC) Aide. Additional skills specific for the Home Health Aide will be introduced and demonstrated.

-Demonstrate how to move a patient in bed properly.
-Describe geriatric nutritional requirements.
-Plan nutritious meals for a 24 - hour period using the geriatric food pyramid.
-Prepare a meal as planned in Objective 3.
-Demonstrate how to clean equipment used in the home (includes kitchen, home appliances, & health care equipment).
-Demonstrate how to sort laundry.
-Prioritize patient care duties.
-Maintain focus on tasks until completed.
-Identify distracters in a work environment.
-Discuss ways to keep distractions at a minimum.
-Identify signs of pest problems in the home.

Communication in Home Health Care

The student will communicate effectively with clients, families and co-workers.

-Demonstrate techniques for communicating with clients and families.
-Respond appropriately to client and family behaviors.
-Utilize techniques that facilitate communication with special populations.
-Demonstrate techniques for communicating with home health interdisciplinary team members.
-Demonstrate appropriate behavior management techniques.
-Recognize the need for setting boundaries and limits between care giver and client.
-Follow agency policy and procedure for reporting and documentation.
-Review techniques for the measurement of vital signs and documentation, including pain as the fifth vital sign.
-Recognize, document and report changes in behavior, environment and physical well being.
-Discuss different types of family dynamics.
-Communicate information in a timely manner.

Safety in Home Health Care

In this module, the student will learn to provide for client safety in the home environment.

-Identify unsafe conditions in a home setting.
-Identify situations that affect personal safety.
-List ways to protect yourself in unsafe situations.
-Discuss the proper safety procedures for:
-electrical problems:
-the smell of gas
-illegal drugs in a home
-firearms in a home
-Demonstrate safe use of common household chemicals.
-Identify ways to promote a safe environment for the home health care client in regard to:
-preventing falls
-handling animals
-using oxygen safely
-Demonstrate application of ordered restraints.
-Demonstrate proper safety procedures for a client with limited mobility.
-Demonstrate proper use of:
-a fire extinguisher
-electrical appliances
-of gas appliances

Meeting Basic Human Needs for Clients in Home Health Care

The student will promote client independence and demonstrate psychosocial care skills.

-Identify techniques to encourage client independence, dignity and self esteem.
-Use techniques that promote client independence in:
-Providing choices (meals, clothing)
-Scheduling home health visits.
-Distinguish between types of psychosocial needs:
-Mental health
-Respond appropriately to the psychosocial needs of the client and family.
-Identify and report symptoms of depression.
-Demonstrate techniques for responding to psychosocial needs of diverse populations.
Hegner Nursing Assistant: A Nursing Approach.

Hartman, Long Term Care

Mosby's Long Term Care

Diversified Heatlh Occupations, Delmar
Career Majors That Sequence This Course
Career Cluster Pathway Career Major
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Health Science Therapeutic Services Diagnostic Aide & Nurse Assistant
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Health Science Therapeutic Services Health Care Technician
Health Science Therapeutic Services Home Health Care Nursing Aide
Health Science Therapeutic Services Long Term Care/Home Health Care Aide