In-Home Assistant

Total Training Time: 40 HOURS

Covering the Basics

Designed for the entry-level professional caregiver, In-Home Assistant (IHA) teaches caregivers the basics for caring for someone in their home. In-Home Assistants can provide companionship, safety, and some “hands-on” care for individuals who need minimal to moderate assistance.

Topics Covered

Students will learn about the following topics:

  • Assisting an Elder with Feeding
  • Basic Human Needs
  • Body Mechanics
  • Bowel and Bladder Care
  • Caregiver Stress
  • Communication
  • Delirium, Dementia, and Depression
  • Diseases and Conditions
  • Documentation of Care
  • Ethical and Legal Issues
  • Fluid Balance
  • Food Safety and Meal Preparation
  • Handling Emergency Situations
  • Incontinence
  • Infection Control & Prevention
  • Lifting and Moving an Elder in Bed
  • Medicaid Documentation
  • Nutrition
  • Pain
  • Personal Care
  • Principles of Observation
  • Range-of-Motion Exercises
  • Role of the Caregiver on the Healthcare Team
  • Safety Precautions
  • Skin Care

Skills Taught

Students receive instruction on and practice performing the following skills:

  • Abdominal Thrust
  • Ambulating with Cane or Walker
  • Backrub
  • Bed Bath
  • Bedpan Placement
  • Brushing Teeth and Denture Care
  • Dressing and Undressing an Elder
  • Feeding an Elder Requiring Total Assistance
  • Fingernail Care
  • Foot and Toenail Care
  • Gait Belt Application
  • Hair Care
  • Handwashing
  • Mouth Care
  • Moving an Elder to the Side of the Bed
  • Moving an Elder Up in the Bed (with and without a Lift Sheet)
  • Partial Bath Assistance
  • Perineal Care – Female and Male
  • Raising an Elder’s Head and Shoulders
  • Range-of-Motion Exercises
  • Removing Gloves
  • Shampooing an Elder’s Hair in Bed, at the Sink, or during a Shower Bath
  • Shaving
  • Shower Bath with Assistance
  • Sitting on the Side of the Bed (Dangle) with
  • Assistance
  • Transferring an Elder between a Chair, Wheelchair, or Bed
  • Tub Bath with Assistance
  • Turning and Positioning an Elder in Bed
  • Urinal Placement
  • Wheelchair Use and Safety

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