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Home Health Aides in California

May also be called: Home Care Workers; Homemaker Health Aides; Nurse Assistants; and Home Attendants.

What Would I Do?

Home Health Aides help elderly, convalescent, or disabled persons in their own homes instead of a health facility. Some help discharged hospital patients who have relatively short-term needs. They work for licensed home care agencies and provide basic nursing care in private homes or hospice programs under the supervision of Registered Nurses.

Home Health Aides work in patients’ homes where other family members may live. They also work in hospice settings caring for patients who are dying.

Will This Job Fit Me?

People interested in becoming Home Health Aides should be genuinely interested in helping people. They should also enjoy talking with patients, as part of the job is often providing companionship to patients.

What Wages and Benefits Can I Expect?

The median wage in 2016 for Home Health Aides in California is $24,209 annually, or $11.65 hourly. The median is the point at which half of the workers earn more and half earn less.

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Depending on the hiring agency, benefits for full-time workers usually include vacation, sick leave, and medical and dental insurance. Some employers also pay for vision, life insurance, and retirement plans.

What is the Job Outlook?

The outlook for Home Health Aides is excellent. With more people living longer, more Californians are living with disability and/or illness. Most people needing care would prefer being cared for in their home rather than a nursing home or hospital, leading to more jobs for Home Health Aides.

How Do I Qualify?

A high school diploma is not required to work as a Home Health Aide. In general, however, Home Health Aides must take classroom and clinical training approved by the Department of Health Services, Aide and Technician Certification Section (ATCS).

Finding a Job

Home health agencies and hospice programs hire Home Health Aides. Recent graduates can apply at their school for job placement. Many go to work for the agency where they did clinical on-the-job training. They should also apply at a local Visiting Nurses Association of America. Direct application to employers remains one of the most effective job search methods.  Online job opening systems include JobCentral at and CalJOBSSM at

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