Certified home health aides (CHHAs) are health workers dedicated to delivering personal care to clients with disabilities or other needs requiring assistance, typically directly in their homes or in an assisted living environment. While the elderly are the most common consumers for these services, CHHAs may work with younger individuals as well.
Tasks of a CHHA may include (but are not limited to) bathing, dressing, preparing meals, providing transportation, and monitoring the client's health and well being. In some cases, an aide also helps administer medication and treatment. Individuals may require aides during a variety of shifts, so flexibility and long hours are often a requirement for this position, as is the ability to cope with the physical demands of caregiving. CHHAs also be patient and have excellent interpersonal skills in working with patients.
Certification as a home health aide generally involves a minimum of 75 hours of skills training; however, many organizations require that home health aides additionally complete certified nursing assistant (CNA) training. The length of CNA training varies from program to program, but it is usually completed in between four and eight weeks. Both CHHA and CNA training require passing an exam and putting in a number of clinical hours.
Certified Home Health Aide (CHHA) Tasks
- Change bed linens, wash, and iron patients' laundry, and clean patients' quarters.
- Check patients' pulse, temperature, and respiration.
- Direct patients in simple prescribed exercises or in the use of braces or artificial limbs.