HEALTH CARE AIDE (HCA)
A Health Care Aide works for clients, private agencies, continuing care facilities, government social service departments and agencies, charitable agencies, home care associations and hospitals. Working under the supervision of a professional, Health Care Aides provide basic health services to clients with medical conditions or functional deficiencies.
Individuals who are currently nursing attendants, personal care workers, or who have relevant education (a related post-secondary program certificate, diploma, or degree) and sufficient experience (1500 or more hours in the past 2 years) as a caregiver in the human services field may take a condensed version of the HCA Certificate.
Generally, Health Care Aides are hire by:
- Private agencies
- Continuing care facilities
- Government social service departments and agencies
- Human services organizations
- Charitable agencies
- Home care associations
Being a HCA means supporting clients to be as independent as possible in their respective communities. Health Care Aides often work with clients with acute or chronic medical conditions, physical or cognitive disabilities, and those requiring palliative care. In general the HCA duties include:
- Assist clients with personal hygiene activities,
- Feed clients,
- Assist with client movement (ie. bed transfers),
- Assist clients with therapeutic activities such as medication administration,
- Ensure the safety of their clients, themselves and others,
- Communicate with clients.
The field of Health Care Aides is growing at 3.2% above the annual average between 2012 and 2016. A forecasted 678 positions are created every year due to employment turnover. The average wage of a Health Care Aide ranges from $17.32 to $21.48 hourly.