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Beat Burnout in Home Health

Beat Burnout in Home Health

Megan Malugani, Monster Contributing Writer

Some home health agencies are creating virtual support groups for their workers, and others are instituting buddy systems or peer-mentoring programs where veterans can share their expertise with newcomers. Other agencies hold educational sessions several times a month or send newsletters that praise aides who go above and beyond the call of duty.

Advocacy organizations for front-line healthcare workers, such as the Direct Care Alliance and the Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute, can also offer home health aides a sense of community.

Create a Career Plan

Home health aide jobs are considered entry level, and pay is low. Aides who are striving for a promotion or who are furthering their education (by becoming a certified nursing assistant, for example) are generally less prone to burnout than those who feel trapped in their positions, Winters says. For example, some agencies hire newcomers as field aides, but with a few years of experience and good performance, they can step up to staff aide with full benefits and a guaranteed full-time workweek.

Get Trained

Some home health aides receive as few as two weeks of on-the-job training before going out into the field. That’s not enough time to learn the proper techniques for turning and lifting heavy patients. Stone recommends that all home health aides take a course or complete a training program at a community college or vocational school that will help guard against on-the-job-injuries, even if the employer or agency doesn’t require training. Find a training program here

Be Proud of Your Work

Veteran aides feel good about what they do and find the rewards of their work to be more emotional than monetary. “You have to have a heart doing home care,” Williams says. “You can’t say, ‘I’m doing it for the money.’” Longtime aides are experts at putting themselves in their clients’ shoes, Williams adds: “I always think, ‘What if it was my parents I was taking care of, or my sister or brother?’”

This article originally appeared on Monster Career Advice.

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