Home Care Assistant

Total Training Time: 60 Hours

Advanced Training

Designed for the caregiver who already has basic knowledge and experience, Home Care Assistant (HCA) provides professional caregivers the information and skills they need to provide “hands-on” care for individuals who need moderate to maximum assistance. In addition to the skills taught in IHA, graduates can perform uncomplicated procedures under the direction of a medical professional while in the home or other settings. 

Topics Covered

Students will learn about the following topics:

  • Blood Pressure Measurement
  • Enema Administration
  • Fecal Impaction
  • Height and Weight Measurement
  • Isolation Technique - Preparing a Room
  • Isolation Technique - Donning and Removing Mask, Gown, and Gloves
  • Isolation Technique - Handwashing
  • Meal Service - Serving a Tray
  • Measuring and Recording Fluid Intake
  • Measuring and Recording Urinary Output (with and without a catheter)
  • Mechanical Lift Use
  • Occupied Bed MakingOral Hygiene for the Unconscious Person
  • Meal Service
  • Measuring Vital Signs
  • Medical Terminology
  • Postmortem Care
  • Promoting Independence and Respecting Rights
  • Restorative Care
  • Restraints
  • Social, Cognitive, and Behavioral Issues
  • Specimen Collection: Urine and Stool
  • Transfers Using Assistive Devices

Skills Taught

Students will show the ability to peform the following skills through return demonstration:

  • Alternate Methods of Feeding
  • Basic Anatomy and Physiology
  • Bed Making: Occupied and Unoccupied
  • Bowel Problems and Management
  • Common Medical Abbreviations
  • Death and Dying
  • Developmental Disabilities
  • Fluid Balance and Elimination
  • Home Care Assistant Role and Responsibilities
  • Infection Control and Prevention
  • Postmortem Care
  • Pulse - Obtaining a Radial Pulse
  • Pulse - Obtaining an Apical Pulse
  • Respiration
  • Restraint Application
  • Stool Specimen Collection
  • Temperature Measurement - Axillary
  • Temperature Measurement - Oral
  • Temperature Measurement - Tympanic
  • Transferring an Elder for Bed to Stretcher
  • Unoccupied Bed Making
  • Urinary Catheter and Tubing Care
  • Urine Specimen Collection
  • Wheelchair Use

Interested in offering this course at your school or organization? Call us at 855.442.5100 for licensing information.