In Mississippi, Home Health Aide Training programs are offered through:
- The university system
- The agencies that employ home health aides; all programs are overseen by a registered nurse
All programs are required to have 75 hours of training hours, and 16 hours of clinical training. HHAs also must have 12 hours of continuing education every 12 months.
The following topics are mandatory for all home health aide training programs:
- The role of the home health aide as a member of the health services team
- Instruction and supervised practice in personal care services of the sick at
- home, including personal hygiene and activities of daily living
- Principles of good nutrition and nutritional problems of the sick and elderly
- Preparation of meals including special diets
- Information on the process of aging and behavior of the aged
- Information on the emotional problems accompanying illness
- Principles and practices of maintaining a clean, healthy and safe environment
- What to report to the supervisor
- Record keeping
The Mississipii Department of Health provides a list of approved training courses for Home Health Aides on request. Please click the link below to obtain a list of approved nurse aide courses.
The Department of Health has published the list of approved home health agencies. You can access the listing by clicking the link below:
CLICK HERE FOR APPROVED HHA AGENCIES
Approximately 8,120 people were employed as Home health aides in Mississippi in 2015.
Hourly Rate - Home health aides earned between $8.28/hour and $11.74/hour in 2015 (average rate was $10.23/hour)
Annual Salary - The annual salary ranged between $17,210 and $24,420 (average annual wage was $21,270)
Source - Bureau of Labor Statistics
The Mississippi State Department of Health, Health Facilities Licensure and Certification Office is responsible for overseeing the standards for Home Health Agencies in Mississippi.
In Mississippi, home health aides are required to:
1. Pass an annual physical examination
2. Have a negative TB test.
3. To have a valid driver’s license and personal transportation.