The Home Care Professional course prepares for an accredited high school diploma while simultaneously training for an in-demand career in home care.
What you will learn
- Skills needed for a career in home care including person-to-person communications
- Personal care and hygiene for home care patients, including first aid, skin care and muscle maintenance
- The process of administration of medications
- Methods for dealing with emergencies
- How to care for individuals with specific ailments and methods for recording vital signs and documenting observations
How you will benefit
- Receive an AdvancED/SACS accredited high diploma, which allows you to apply for a broader scope of jobs
- Create a portfolio, cover letter, and resume to provide to potential employers
- Develop the skills needed to thrive as a home care professional
- This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.
- Speakers or headphones.
- PC: Windows XP or later.
- Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
- Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
- Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
- Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
- Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
- Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
Instructional Material Requirements:
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
This career-focused online high school course will train you in the specialized skills needed for success in the home care field. You will learn the roles and responsibilities of home care professionals, including person-to-person communications, working with customers, and considerations for clients with specific needs.
By completion, you will understand aspects of personal care and hygiene for home care patients, such as first aid, skin care and muscle maintenance, and the administration of medications. You will also gain specialized knowledge, including how to care for individuals with specific ailments and methods for recording vital signs and documenting observations.
Upon completing this intensive course, you will have earned your AdvancED/SACS/NCA/NWAC-accredited high school diploma and a certificate of completion that signifies your skills and qualifications in home care.
Career Online High School is a division of Smart Horizons Career Online Education, a private school district that has been granted District Accreditation from the AdvancED Accreditation Commission, the national commission that confers the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI) accreditation seal. This means that the SHCOE district and all its schools are accredited, and that Smart Horizons Career Online Education is recognized across the nation as a quality school system.
AdvancED is the unified organization of the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI). AdvancED provides nationally recognized accreditation for school districts and individual schools and represents 27,000 public and private schools and districts across the United States and in 65 countries worldwide, educating 15 million students.
Students and community members can learn more about the District Accreditation Process at www.advanc-ed.org.
Smart Horizons has been approved as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), 1780 Old Meadow Road, Suite 500 McLean, VA 22102.
Students interested in pursuing post-secondary education within their state should check with the state to understand the requirements. States may impose requirements for receiving state financial aid. For example, an online high school diploma may not be recognized by some colleges and universities within a state to receive financial aid. It is recommended that students check with a specific institution for any specific restrictions—this is particularly important for residents of New York and New Jersey.
- Home Care Professional I: Semester 1
- Home Care Professional I: Semester 1 Pretest
- Understanding Self-Esteem
- Setting Goals
- Learning Styles
- Professional Uses of Technology
- Security in Technology
- 21st Century Written Business Communication
- Time Management Overview
- Stress Management Overview
- Anger Management Overview
- Conflict Resolution Strategies
- Communication and Diversity
- Communication in the Workplace
- Sexual Harassment Awareness Overview
- Ethical Behavior
- Home Care Professional I: Semester 1 End of Semester Exam
- Home Care Professional I: Semester 2
- Home Care Professional I: Semester 2 Pretest
- Basics of Note-Taking
- Reading Comprehension
- Understanding and Improving Study Habits
- Memory Techniques
- Test-Taking Skills
- Effective Environments for Learning
- Distractions and Deterrents of Educational Success
- What is Motivation?
- Trust and Motivation
- Change as a Motivator
- Embracing Change
- Critical Thinking Basics
- Problem Solving Model
- Decision Making
- Improving Decision Making
- Home Care Professional I: Semester 2 End of Semester Exam
- Home Care Professional II: Semester 1
- Home Care Professional II: Semester 1 Pretest
- Communication Overview
- Verbal Communication
- Verbal Business Communication
- Written Communication
- Written Business Communication
- Nonverbal Communication
- Communication Styles and Interpersonal Communication
- Effective Communication
- Active Listening
- Assertive vs. Aggressive Communication
- Communicating in Difficult Situations
- Difficult Behaviors in the Workplace
- Negativity and Power Struggles at Work
- Working with Procrastinators and Untrustworthy People
- Communicating by Telephone
- Networking for Success
- Home Care Professional II: Semester 1 End of Semester Exam
- Home Care Professional II: Semester 2
- Home Care Professional II: Semester 2 Pretest
- What is Stress?
- Signs and Symptoms of Stress
- Sources of Stress
- Techniques for Managing Stress
- Anxiety and Stress
- Mindset and Stress
- Stress and Values Clarification
- Stress at Work
- Emotional Intelligence (EI)
- Emotional Intelligence Skills
- Understanding Anger
- Anger Cycle
- Anger Management
- Conflict Basics
- Conflict Resolution
- Addressing Violent Situations
- Home Care Professional II: Semester 2 End of Semester Exam
- Home Care Professional III: Semester 1
- Home Care Professional III: Semester 1 Pretest
- Healthy Lifestyle Choices
- Personal Wellness
- Positive Self Talk
- Tips & Tricks for Smooth Living
- Crisis Management
- Using Critical Thinking in Work and Life
- Lifelong Learning
- Balancing Work and Life
- Pros and Cons of Social Media
- Basic Professionalism
- Home Care Professional III: Semester 1 End of Semester Exam
- Home Care Professional III: Semester 2
- Home Care Professional III: Semester 2 Pretest
- Introduction to Time Management
- Time Management Types and Styles
- Time Management Antagonists
- Time Management Strategies
- Personal Productivity
- Handling Information Overload
- Setting Priorities
- Diversity in the Workplace
- Tolerance and Respect
- Respect and Employment
- Becoming the Go-to Person
- Advancing in a Job
- Cooperation and Compromise
- Influencing and Persuading
- Giving and Receiving Feedback and Criticism
- Home Care Professional III: Semester 2 End of Semester Exam
- Home Care Professional IV: Semester 1
- Home Care Professional IV: Semester 1 Pretest
- The Home Care Career Field
- Roles and Responsibilities of a Home Care Professional
- Home Care Organizations and Programs
- Home Care Person-to-Person Communications
- Home Care Customers
- Considerations for Special Clients in Home Care
- The Human Body I
- The Human Body II
- Providing Nutrition and Fluids
- Buying and Preparing Food
- Foodborne Illnesses
- Maintaining a Healthy Home Environment
- Bloodborne Pathogens Awareness
- Medical Emergency Awareness
- Dealing with Emergencies
- Home Care Professional IV: Semester 1 End of Semester Exam
Karen Panerali has more than 20 years of experience in instruction, curriculum development, and academic support. Her teaching experience includes high school, college, and corporate training settings. She holds a Bachelor of Art in Journalism and a Master of Arts in liberal arts studies.
Kimberly Sher has been an academic coach for more than 13 years. Previously, she was a science instructor at the University of Miami. She holds a bachelor's degree in biology and a master's degree in chemistry education.
Yianna Pavlakos is an Academic Coach and Social Studies Academic Support Instructor with 14 years of experience. She has a Bachelor's degree in history and philosophy and a Master's degree in history.
Shauna Paedae is a Math Academic Support Instructor. She is a National Board Certified Teacher with a Master's degree in statistics, a Bachelor's degree in mathematics, and 31 years of teaching experience.