What’s it like to be a Healthcare Aide?

What's it like to be a Health Care Aide?

Have you ever thought about working in health care? It’s one of the most in-demand careers right now and it’s a fantastic way to make a positive difference. And if you like helping people, there is one position that you might be perfect for: a Healthcare Aide.

What do Health Care Aides do?

Healthcare aides, sometimes referred to as care aides, provide care and support to patients who are ill, elderly or disabled.

Care aides do many different things like:
• Helping people take baths.
• Helping people get dressed.
• Helping people who can’t feed themselves.
• Take people from their beds to their wheelchairs.
• Make sure the people they help are safe.

What kind of work schedule do HCAs have?

Healthcare aides have flexible work hours. They could go to work from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., or they might work from 4:00 p.m. to midnight. Healthcare aides also work some weekends and holidays.

When health care aides are at work, they stand and move around a lot. They have to lift things and pull things. They sometimes have to move wheelchairs around.

No matter what, a healthcare aide is always patient and kind. They do not get mad or overreact. They are dependable and loyal.

How much money do HCAs make?

A care aide usually makes between $15.61 and $24.92 per hour. Many employers offer group health and dental benefits.

There is a lot of room to learn and grow in a career like a health care aide. Many people even move up into supervisor positions after they get experienced.

Do you want to be an HCA in Alberta?

In order to be a healthcare aide, you must be healthy, and you must like to work with people. You need to be dependable and always go to work on time. Remember, the people you take care of are counting on you.

It’s important that you get along with your co-workers and ask for help when you need it. There are some tasks that are too hard for one person to do alone; that’s a good example of when you would ask for help.

You must be good at keeping information private. There are a lot of rules about keeping people’s information safe.

What education do Care Aides need?

ABES College offers an industry-leading adult education program for people who want to become a health care aide.

To qualify for the program, applicants need to submit high school transcripts or take an academic assessment test. If your first language is not English, you may also need to complete a language assessment in order to qualify for admission.

Ready to learn more?

ABES College is a private vocational college in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, that specializes in health care training programs.

We are a heart-focused organization that really cares about students. We understand the emotional challenges of immigration, setting up a family in a new country, and making the decision to invest in your education. Many of our staff have gone through the same journey!

You’ll be supported every step of the way.

Worried about money? Over 95% of applicants are approved for full funding through government assistance. When you go to ABES College, you’ll be surrounded by people who are supporting you every step of the way.

Better yet- ABES students have over 90% employment within 3 months of graduation in all of our programs so you can have peace of mind that you’ll be set up for success!

Learn more and start your application by clicking HERE. You’ll be glad you did.