How To Become A Certified Home Care Aide: A Guide By Nova Home Care

April 22, 2024

As the demand for home care aides continues to rise, many individuals are exploring career opportunities in this rewarding field. Becoming a certified home care aide not only opens doors to meaningful employment but also allows you to make a positive difference in the lives of others. 

Your path to becoming a home care aide will vary depending on where you live and work. Regulations and standards for home care aides are different from state to state. However, they all share some common features.

In this guide, we’ll explain how to become a home care aide, the requirements for certification, and how Nova Home Care can support you in your journey with free training and resources. You can even get paid to care for a family member as their personal home care aide.

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Understanding How To Be A Home Care Aide In Your State

To start with, it’s important to note that there are different types of at-home caregivers who work with the elderly, sick, and disabled.

  • Home care aides, also known as personal care aides or home help aides, provide strictly non-medical care services, such as personal assistance around the home, housekeeping, transportation, and companionship. Because they do not require specialist medical training, it is usually faster and easier to become a home care aide.
  • Home health aides can take on similar tasks to a home care aide but with one big difference: their focus is on managing the client’s health conditions, e.g., in the case of a chronic or degenerative illness or recovery from a long-term injury. Home health aides, unlike home care aides, are trained in basic medical skills such as recognizing symptoms, administering medications, and first-level treatment and nursing. Because of these specialized medical skills, requirements for becoming a home health aide are usually more strict and may require a nursing assistant certification.

Who qualifies as a caregiver under Medicare rules for coverage or Medicaid allowances can often depend on this distinction. Medicare only covers certified home health aides for administrating at-home medical services for a limited time. However, people on Medicaid can get non-medical home care services covered, and can even choose a family member as their primary caregiver. In these cases, the family caregiver can receive training and salary from an established agency like Nova Home Care.

This guide explains how to become a non-medical home care aide in the states of  Indiana, Minnesota, Arizona, Colorado, or Connecticut. If you’re interested in pursuing caregiving opportunities in these states, then read on to find out how.

How To Get Qualified As A Home Care Aide

Even non-medical home care aides are subject to certain requirements and should receive training before qualifying as a home care aide. In the states of Indiana, Arizona, Minnesota, Colorado, and Connecticut, this training can be provided by home care agencies that are experienced in sourcing caregivers for elderly or disabled clients.

For example, Nova Home Care trains people in the skills needed to assist clients with activities of daily living, provide emotional support, and maintain a safe and nurturing environment. Our onboarding and training covers topics such as client safety, personal care tasks, communication skills, and ethical considerations. 

Training is free and, after some practical experience under the supervision of an experienced professional caregiver, you will be qualified to embark on a career as a home care aide with Nova Home Care. See our careers page for more information on requirements and benefits.

Career Path For Family Caregivers

At Nova Home Care, we understand that no one takes care of family like family, which is why we support family caregivers and help them become officially trained home care aides to provide quality care for their loved ones, paid for by Medicaid. For anyone who wants to become a home care aide for an elderly relative or a paid caregiver for a disabled child, we offer opportunities for career advancement and professional development. 

If you care for a loved one who requires compassionate home care services and would like to become a paid home care aide for them, notify us through our referral form. A care coordinator will contact you, help you with the paperwork, check Medicaid eligibility, and guide you through the process.

Take The First Step: Contact Nova Home Care Today

If you’re ready to embark on a rewarding career as a certified home care aide, contact Nova Home Care to learn more about how we can support you. We offer competitive wages, flexible scheduling, healthcare coverage, a 401k plan, and a supportive work environment where you can make a meaningful difference in the lives of others.
Call us at 317.537.2490 or visit our careers page to learn more about career opportunities with Nova Home Care. Your journey to becoming a professional home care aide starts here!

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