MDCC - What is a Health Care Assistant?

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What is a Health Care Assistant?

The Health Care Assistant works very closely with clients. The Health Care Assistant may refer to nurse aides, orderlies, male attendants, or personal care assistant. The assistant provides personal care such as bathing, feeding and dressing. The assistant also performs support functions such as taking vital signs, making beds, transporting clients, assisting clients with activities of daily living. The health care assistant works under the supervision of RN's, LPN's, and other medical personnel. The assistant may work in a variety of settings including, but not limited to, nursing homes or long term care, personal care facilities, hospitals, home health agencies, and private homes.

The Health Care Assistant program prepares to entry to workplace upon passing the certification examination for Health Care Assistants.

Anyone interested in health care assisting should care about helping others, should be able to take directions from others, and demonstrate patience and caring.