What is a home health aide?

A home health aide (HHA) is a trained medical professional who provides in-home care and assistance to individuals who are unable to leave their homes for medical treatment or ongoing care. They typically work for a home health care agency and are required to have certification and training in basic medical procedures and patient care.

The duties of a home health aide can include:

  • Assisting with activities of daily living (ADLs) such as bathing, dressing, and grooming
  • Monitoring and reporting changes in the patient's health status
  • Measuring and recording vital signs such as blood pressure, temperature, and pulse
  • Administering medication as prescribed by a physician
  • Assisting with mobility and transferring patients
  • Providing companionship and emotional support

The goal of a home health aide is to support the patient's independence, maintain their health, and improve their quality of life while they receive care in the comfort of their own home.

Last updated: January 31, 2023

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