Home health aides (HHA), certified are in charge of providing health services to patients in their own homes. These professionals are certified to provide care in a variety of settings. They possess strong communication skills to interact with patients, family, and healthcare providers and to suggest courses of action when issues arise. Home health aides are responsible for facilitating care in a familiar environment. They administer medicine and provide comfort as required.
Some of their main responsibilities include following specific diet, treatment, and medicine administration that are based on physicians’ orders. In addition, aides provide nonmedical services to patients, such as companionship and conversation. Elderly patients may require bathing and dressing. They also must follow strict schedules and keep patient appointments. They possess a friendly attitude and can multitask effectively.
These aides should be proficient and certified in CPR and other first aid techniques. They should be able to drive and have a current driver's license. Home health aides (HHA), certified should have training dealing with medical emergencies, medication management, fire training, and urgent care. Additionally, they perform efficiently in a team environment, but they can also work well by themselves with minimal supervision. These professionals should be able to stand on their feet for several hours at a time and be able to use basic medical instruments on a daily basis to check patient's vital signs. An associate’s degree in healthcare services with a certification in home health is required for this position. Previous years of work experience in an aid capacity is also often a requirement.
Home Health Aide (HHA), Certified Tasks
- Check patients' pulse, temperature and respiration.
- Provide patients with help moving in and out of beds, baths, wheelchairs or automobiles, and with dressing and grooming.
- Maintain records of patient care, progress, or problems to report and discuss observations with supervisor or case manager.
- Change bed linens, wash and iron patients' laundry, and clean patients' quarters.
- Entertain, converse with, or read aloud to patients to keep them mentally healthy and alert.