If you’re considering hiring a home health aide (HHA) to assist a disabled relative, it’s important to know what their roles are. Here, we’ll discuss their specific functions to give you a better idea of what they do to improve the life of the patient.
Principal Duties of a Home Health Aide
This is not an exhaustive list but should show you the extensive nature of the HHA’s services. Since the overwhelming majority of seniors express a desire to remain at home, functional assistance becomes a priority if they cannot handle certain tasks. You can expect an HHA to help with those difficulties as well as making meals, taking medication, housekeeping, and companionship.
Activities of Daily Living (ADLs)
This covers a lot of basic functions, but some of the more difficult items include bathing, dressing, using the restroom, and grooming. It also extends into mobility concerns beginning with standing, walking, or traveling with a wheelchair, walker, or other mechanical devices.
Meal preparation can become very difficult when a patient suffers from advanced stages of arthritis, dementia, and other serious conditions. One can imagine the struggle it would be to open cans, reach overhead cabinets, measure out portions, and other food-prep activities we often take for granted. The HHA helps facilitate this and allows patients to enjoy a better diet they would not have otherwise.
Medication management can be life or death for many patients suffering from extreme illness. Sometimes the volume and complexity of medication requirements can overwhelm them, which could lead to dangerous misuses. Therefore, it’s easy to see the value of having an HHA around to help with following prescription instructions.
It’s easy to overlook how detrimental a dirty household can be to someone’s health. Just the peace of mind of living somewhere clean and free of tripping hazards is enough to consider hiring an HHA for housekeeping help.
We always place a strong emphasis on a friendly relationship between the care person and the patient. Many times the greatest pain of aging is loneliness and isolation. We’ve seen terrific quality of life improvements just from fostering friendship and sorely needed companionship.
These are the common duties of an HHA. There are many other specific tasks, but these are some of the biggest concerns voiced by our inquiring clients.