What is the difference between a home health aide and a caregiver?

A home health aide (HHA) and a caregiver are similar in that both provide in-home care services, but there are some key differences between the two.

A home health aide (HHA) is a trained medical professional who provides medical care and assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs) such as bathing, dressing, and grooming. They typically work for a home health care agency and are required to have certification and training in basic medical procedures and patient care.

A caregiver, on the other hand, is a non-medical professional who provides assistance with ADLs and household tasks such as cooking, cleaning, and shopping. They may also provide companionship and emotional support. A caregiver is typically a family member who is paid to help with non-medical needs. Caregivers can be hired independently or through an agency, but they do not typically have the same level of medical training as HHAs. 

In summary, the main difference between a home health aide and a caregiver is the level of medical training and the type of care they provide.

Last updated: January 31, 2023

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