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Home Health Aide

The Complete Guide

Available in print and ebook versions to fit your class’s needs.

Instructor resources provide tools to enhance the classroom experience.

Scannable QR codes give students additional information, exercises, and resources.

Topics covered in Home Health Aide:

  • Healthcare Team and Role of the Home Health Aide
  • Medical Terminology, Common Vocabulary, and Abbreviations
  • Privacy, Confidentiality, Client Rights, and Safety
  • Infection Prevention and Control
  • Personal Care Skills
  • Movement
  • Medical Devices and Tubing
  • Pressure Injuries
  • Vital Signs
  • Measurements, Weight, and Time
  • Pain
  • Charting and Documentation
  • Community Resources
  • Advanced Skills for HHAs
  • Emergency Response in a Home Environment
  • Holistic Care
  • Nutrition in the Home
  • Maintaining the Home
  • Death and Dying
  • The Family Structure and Care of Vulnerable Populations

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Meet the Author

Wendy Deras

Wendy Deras, MS, RN, CNE, CNS/PMH, CDP

Author of:

  • Home Health Aide: The Complete Guide

Education and Special Industry-Related Trainings

Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP)

National League of Nursing, Certified Nurse Educator (CNE)

Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA, Post-Master’s Psychiatric/Mental Health Therapy/Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)

Wright State University, Dayton, OH, Masters of Nursing Education

Franklin University, Columbus, OH, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Edison State College, Piqua, OH, Associate of Applied Science in Registered Nursing

Industry Experience

Wendy Deras obtained an Associate of Applied Science in Registered Nursing from Edison State College in Piqua, Ohio, followed by a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio. Her master’s degree in Nursing Education is from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. In 2002 Deras moved from Ohio to California as a travel nurse and determined to make California her home. Following her move, she obtained her Post-Master’s Certificate in Psych-Mental Health Nursing from Duquesne University. She became a Certified Nurse Educator with the National League of Nursing in 2009 and has educated students from all levels of nursing for the last 27 years, teaching community education courses, on-the-job training, and professional development skills. She is a Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP) with the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners as well as a trainer for the CDP course. Deras has practiced with pediatrics, adults, and geriatrics in acute, long-term, and home health environments. She has a passion for workforce development and entry-level healthcare training and believes in career ladders. Her unique background of healthcare, mental health, and education forms a very interactive, highly motivating atmosphere that propels participants to learn and apply new information to their daily lives, both personal and professional. Her desire is to bring a more qualified workforce to healthcare and believes that the power of education can transform lives, businesses, and the community.

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