9 October 2019

Skyrocketing demand for home health aides fuels need for better education

Home health expert Marrelli shares information necessary to provide outstanding care in updated instructor manual

VENICE, Fla. – The population is aging, fast. According to the Pew Research Center, over 10,000 people per day turn 65. As more seniors embrace the idea of living at home or other home-like settings, the need for competent and caring aides has never been greater. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that by 2028, approximately 1.2 million additional home health and personal care aides will be needed for a total of 4.4 million aides.

In Home Health Aide: Guidelines For Care Instructor Manual (3rd Edition), Tina M. Marrelli, MSN, MA, RN, FAAN, shares advice for organizations providing home health care and hospice aide-related services. Utilizing decades of experience, Marrelli assists organizations providing education for their aides with this comprehensive, user-friendly manual.

The manual includes detailed lesson plans, unit reviews, tests and educational curriculum to prepare home health aides to become knowledgeable and compassionate professionals. Covering topics ranging from valued skills needed in home care and hospice to infection control and prevention, the manual equips aide instructors or supervisors with the information required to deliver exceptional care.

The book is specifically designed to provide organizations such as Medicare and Medicaid-certified home health agencies, hospices and private duty companies with the information needed to effectively educate and support those working in home health care. Aides are important team members and play a foundational role in care, coordination and communication for quality patient care. This Instructor Manual is a resource for on-boarding, orientation and ongoing education of aides.

“Although aides have varying titles and functions, the bottom line is that they provide very personal care and activities of daily living assistance to support frail, elderly and other patients needing specialized care. The industry has a great need to attract, develop and retain these important members of the health care team,” said Marrelli.

The book is available at

About the author

Tina M. Marrelli, RN, MSN, MA, FAAN, has master’s degrees in health administration and in nursing. Tina has worked in hospitals, nursing homes and in public health. She has practiced as a visiting nurse and managed in home care and hospice.

Marrelli is the author of many award-winning books, including the Handbook of Home Health Standards: Quality, Documentation and Reimbursement, A Guide for Caregiving: What’s Next? Planning for Safety, Quality, and Compassionate Care for Your Loved One and Yourself, the Nurse Manager’s Survival Guide and Hospice and Palliative Care Handbook: Quality, Compliance and Reimbursement.


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