Home Health Aides (HHAs) are front-line care providers who promote and maintain the health, safety, independence, comfort, and well-being of individuals and their families.
Services from Care Connections At Home HHAs:
On the most basic level, being a good home health aide means being a compassionate caregiver helping another person. Home health aides provide basic, personal care to clients. An HHA may assist with bathing, dressing, and other self-care and hygiene needs. As needed, an HHA also may:
- Bathing and Dressing
- Light Housekeeping
- Medication Reminders
- Meal Planning and Preparation
- Oral and Personal Hygiene
- Respite Care for Family Caregivers
Although an HHA job description focuses on providing non-medical care only, some states allow home health aides to administer medications and check vital signs if supervised by a nurse or other licensed healthcare professional.
Home Health Aides vs Certified Nursing Assistants
The main purpose of a home health aide is to provide clients with personal care. HHAs will assist with everyday tasks: bathing, grooming, restroom use, getting dressed, meal preparation, transportation, laundry, light housekeeping, running errands, and more.
With the training they received, HHAs are great helpers and companions to seniors. But HHAs have limited medical training. That said, they rarely provide medical assistance, cannot provide nursing care, and do not offer medical advice. However, HHAs will monitor their clients’ condition and remind them to take their medication.
Certified nursing assistants have the same personal training as a home health aide does, so they can assist clients with many of the same tasks that HHAs do, such as eating and hygiene care. In addition to providing direct care, they can also help clients switch positions in bed for comfort and assist them from their wheelchairs to their beds and vice versa.
With this medical training, CNAs will monitor patients’ health, take vitals, track their symptoms, and can speak with clients about health concerns. Furthermore, they will report their findings to their supervising nurse.