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Home Health Aides fastest growing career in Pennsylvania

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If you are looking for a new career, you may want to consider becoming a home health aide.

By 2026, home healthcare will add 1.2 million jobs, according to the U.S. Labor Statistics.

If you would like to become a home health aid, you need 75 hours of training, 16 hours must be clinical.

Jacqueline Greene hit a rough patch back in 2016.

“I had a stroke”, said Jacqueline Greene.

Shortly after, Mrs. Greene lost her husband to cancer. The aftermath of her stroke forced her to move into an apartment.

After her family was done caring for her, it was home health aide Cecilia Rabert who came to the rescue.

“She’s not only my caretaker. She’s my companion and my buddy”, said Greene.

Rabert moves to the United States from the Philippines. She missed her parents, so she thought she could pay her respects to the elderly by becoming a home health aide.

“I treat them not like a patient but like a relative or parents or a grandmother” said Home Health Aide Cecilia Rabert.

Rabert cleans for Mrs. Greene, helps with laundry, assists her getting in and out of the shower, drives her to her doctor’s appointments and helps her cook.

Rabert says Mrs. Greene is an easy patient and great friend but some of her other patients have been challenging.

“Some elderly people can be very moody”, said Rabert.

She says it takes three things to be a top notch home health aide.

“You need to be patient. You must understand your clients needs and you must always keep an eye on your patient because any minute something is going on”, said Rabert.

The average salary for a home healthcare aid is 24,000 in Pennsylvania.

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