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Why You Should Consider a Career in Home Health

Jun 6, 2008
It should be no secret to anyone that the population of the United States is aging. As the "greatest generation" fades into honored memory and the "baby boomers" begin to approach retirement, the health care industries in our country are facing a major increase in demand. This in turn puts a strain on existing hospital and medical clinic resources, often forcing them to become less personal and more systematic in their treatment of patients. People seeking careers in health care can be put off by this reality and seek alternatives which will allow them to practice their skills in a more personal environment-the home.

Many of our most talented medical providers are opting to work in a home health agency. This growing trend is expected to increase as the population ages and demand for care increases. A home health agency has some definite benefits for a health care professional wanting a more personal practice environment.

"There are some definite advantages to working in a home health agency," noted Maria Bushebi, Manager of Private Duty for Family Home Care and Hospice, headquartered in Spokane, WA. "When you can see a patient in a home environment, you can take the time to get to know them and take more detailed note of their progress. You can even make effective recommendations that may never occur to someone who sees the patient in a clinic or hospital setting. And, it's easier to keep up with the patient's progress. Seeing a patient improve is such a major part of our job satisfaction."

With more than 250 employees, Family Home Care and Hospice is the largest privately owned home health agency in the Inland Northwest. Michael Nowling, company president, is very much aware of the challenges of running a health care business today.

One of the biggest difficulties of running a health care business is staffing," explained Nowling. "We have great success in recruiting high quality candidates because they are the type of people who are interested in working in a system which emphasizes personal attention and interaction."

Home health professionals not only experience increased job satisfaction, but they also have it easier on the home front. Because they have more flexibility in their schedules, home health workers with families are often able to arrange their schedules so they can be available for family functions or other outside obligations.

Family Home Care is a perfect place for someone with a family," explained Bushebi. "Not only do we have regular hours, but we can quite easily schedule time to attend things like parent-teacher conferences or dental appointments. Flexibility is a tremendous benefit of a career in this industry."

Bushebi observes that many home health agencies are increasingly being staffed by more mature workers. These are often people who have raised their families and are looking for a job that will give them a sense of fulfillment and satisfaction.

"These workers gravitate to the home health system," continued Bushebi. "The home environment is familiar to them and they can gain a significant sense of accomplishment and gratitude as they work with patients and see them improve."

Home health agencies are also attracting more health professionals from hospitals and clinics because advances in technologies have allowed many of the cutting-edge therapies and techniques to be practiced in the home.

"Nurses no longer have to be concerned that they're sacrificing the technical expertise they've achieved in working with the latest medical equipment or practicing the newest procedures," Bushebi added. "There is so much of this expertise and technology which can now move seamlessly into a home setting. So, not only do they have an opportunity for rewarding patient relationships, but they also have the satisfaction of staying on top of developments in their profession."

Nursing assistant programs and other training classes are commonly offered at community colleges in most areas of the country. These programs are necessary for home health workers to receive the proper licensing so they can work for a home health agency. According to Bushebi, many of the home care agencies, such as Family Home Care, will reimburse employees for this training.

If you're considering a career as a health care professional, and want something that offers the best combination of traditional patient care and compassion along with the availability of state of the art medical advances, Bushebi would be quick to recommend a career path that included the home health industry. "If my experience at Family Home Care and Hospice is typical," she concluded, "home health offers everything a health professional could want."
About the Author
Family Home Care and Hospice is the largest privately owned home care agency in the Inland Northwest region. Medicare has judged FHC&H as among the top 1% of home care agencies in WA. When you think of home health Spokane, think of Family Home Care.
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