FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What responsibilities does a Home Health Aide have?
The duties of a Home Health aide vary from client to client. Some typical duties of a Home Health Aide may include helping a client take a bath, using the toilet or bed pan, and getting dressed. The duties may also include preparing meals, doing laundry, light housekeeping, running errands and assisting with exercise regimens.
How does a Home Health Aide know what to do for different clients?
Each client has a plan of care created by a New Jersey Registered Nurse (RN). The CHHA must follow this plan of care. It is the responsibility of the RN to supervise and delegate responsibilities to the CHHA. It is the responsibility of the CHHA to follow the established plan of care.
How do I become certified in New Jersey?
In New Jersey, Home Health Aides fall under the supervision of the New Jersey Board of Nursing and are certified only after successfully completing a required training program, a competency evaluation, and a criminal history background check.
What is the job outlook for Certified Home Health Aides (CHHAs)?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, "Employment of home health aides is projected to grow 38 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. As the baby-boom population ages and the elderly population grows, demand for the services of home health aides to provide assistance will continue to increase."
How much is a CHHA paid?
The hourly rate for a CHHA in New Jersey fluctuates ranging from an average of $10 an hour to approximately $15 an hour.
Can a CHHA work independently in NJ?
No, a CHHA must always work under the supervision of an RN who is associated with a home health agency.
Can you help me get certified in any other state other than New Jersey?
No, unfortunately, this training is only for those looking to work as CHHAs in New Jersey.
How does a CHHA online training work?
Instead of spending 60 hours for 2-3 weeks sitting in a classroom you will have access to an interactive video based training that you can complete in the comfort of your own home with no distractions; with the ability to go at your own pace within the scheduled guidelines. You can even show up to class in your pajamas! Having completed the interactive online classes, you will then come to our training center on the scheduled dates for the session- where you will partake in our 2-day clinical training (16 hours). Classes will be led by instructors approved by the New Jersey Board of Nursing. And finally, you will complete and pass the proctored exam before applying to the New Jersey Board of Nursing for certification.
Why would I want to do my CHHA training online?
Here, at our academy, we appreciate the fact that most of you who seek certification are busy people who have to figure out how to balance your personal and work life around going to class so why not bring the studies to you and give you flexibility to make your own schedule. Let's make the classes work around your life!
Do online classes suit everyone?
The obvious answer to that is no. First of all, you need a computer with internet access and special requirements. If you do not own one you could always go to the local library and use their computers or maybe borrow one. Computer stations are also set up in the skills training lab that can be used between the hours of 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Please schedule dates and times ahead of time. If you have a computer or other device but no internet access then you could always find a place (such as Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts) that offers free internet service. Secondly, you have to be self-motivated. Your instructor will be giving you support via email or phone and will be available to answer any questions you have but if you are the type of person that needs the classroom environment to learn maybe this training is not for you. (Although we really hope it is). And of course you need to be able to work a computer. You do not need to be a computer genius but you do need basic computer knowledge to access the online modules.
While taking the classes online - who will help me if I have a problem?
You can contact any one of the instructors at (609) 416-CHHA (2442) if you have a question about the course work. If your problem involves technical issues then the IT support from the Institute for Professional Care Education Inc. can be contacted at (877) 843-8374.
How long does it take to complete the CHHA program?
This program will be completed within a 6 week timeframe. Following orientation, you will have 6 weeks to complete your online modules. The 2 day skills training will be completed in person at our skills lab on the schedule dates (16 hours). After the skills training is completed, each student will have made an appointment during the scheduled test dates to complete the 1-hour proctored computer exam.
How long does it take to complete the CNA to CHHA Bridge program?
This program will be completed within a 1 week timeframe. This program includes 10 hours of online education, 2 hour orientation, 1 hour proctored exam and approximately a 4 hour skills training session.
Where are the skills training sessions held?
They are held at New Jersey Caregiver Academy, located at 2360 Route 33, Suite 102 Robbinsville, New Jersey 08691.
This is located next door to Comfort Keepers In-Home Care.