If you’ve researched the average pay for CNA training graduates, you’re probably well aware of the fact that HHA’s, or home health aides / assistants, are in the top pay bracket as far as earnings go after CNA training. While this is true, and often the reason why so many CNA training graduates go right into a home health career, there are also some cons that should be considered. The following information should show you both sides of the coin, and a higher rate of pay isn’t always the deciding factor (or at least it shouldn’t be).
So, You’re Interested in a Career as a HHA After CNA Training?
Pros of becoming a home health aide after CNA training:
- You won’t have to juggle your patient care between four to ten individuals as is quite common in a nursing home or adult care facility. Home health aides generally have one full time or a couple of part time clients who they work with on a regular basis. It’s a big pro to know that you won’t be working with more than one patient at a time. “If my client feels like talking or looking at old photographs together, or even if she wants to have lunch an hour earlier than normal, I have the peace of mind knowing I can change my schedule on a dime without infringing on anyone else’s quality of care,” says Jenny, a CNA training graduate who worked in an adult facility for a few years before switching to home health care.
- You become friends with your client and actually enjoy going to work every day.
- Your pay (as we mentioned) is usually up to $2 an hour higher.
Cons of becoming a home health aide after CNA training:
- If you don’t get along with your patient you’ll have to find an entirely new job instead of just switching rooms. Although an adult facility or hospital may not be exactly what you prefer, the chance of working with new patients every day sometimes is a blessing in disguise.
- Your client may be demanding and ask that you go above and beyond your agreed upon duties.
- The family members may want you to do one thing while the actual patient may request other duties, which can cause problems and a conflict depending on who is paying you.
- Depending on your patient’s condition, they may have a short amount of time left here on this earth. This can be especially difficult to CNA training graduates who have not properly prepared themselves to deal with grief, loss and death. Whether or not this is just a “job” to you, death still affects us all, and sometimes in rather surprising or unexpected ways. It’s vital to take this into consideration before becoming a home health aide for an elderly or terminally ill patient. There are plenty of other home health opportunities, such as working with disabled patients or working with those in recovery or rehabilitation mode after a surgical procedure.
To everything there are certain pros and cons. Be sure to do your homework and figure out whether becoming a home health aide after CNA training is right for you.