Home Health Aide Duties | What Does A HHA Do?

Home health aide duties vary from day to day.

While one day a HHA may find themselves preparing meals, the next day they may be taking the client’s vitals. The next day all that may be required is some simple companionship.

When it comes to the duties of a home health aide, there’s only one thing we can say for sure, they vary.

Why? It all depends on what the client needs.

First things first, it’s important to remember certified home health aides typically work for home health care or hospice agencies. Thus, many of a HHA’s daily duties are set forth by a medical professional, which is generally a registered nurse or R.N.

What Does A Home Health Aide Do?

On any given day, home health aides may find themselves doing one of the following tasks, according to the Bureau of Labor:

  • Help clients in their daily personal tasks, such as bathing or dressing
  • Provide basic health-related services according to a client’s needs, such as checking vital signs or administering prescribed medication at scheduled times
  • Do light housekeeping, such as laundry, washing dishes, and vacuuming in a client’s home
  • Organize a client’s schedule and plan appointments
  • Arrange transportation to doctors’ offices or for other kinds of outings
  • Shop for groceries and prepare meals to a client’s dietary specifications
  • Provide companionship

It’s important to note, different states throughout the U.S. have different laws to what a home health aide can and can’t do. For example, in some states HHAs may be able to provide for special dietary restrictions, administer client medications, check for vital signs, or assist with medical equipment. In other states, those duties are restricted to those with greater training than that of required for a HHA.

Home Health Aide Duties | Hours

Working hours as a home health aide will vary as well.

If you work as a live in home health aide, you’re essentially, living with the client 24-7. The contract with the client typically involves daily personal time and days off.

Many agencies have 24-care, which means, their home health aides have shifts around the clock. For example, you may work three, 12 hour shifts a week. Potentially, at night.

Other agencies stick to daytime shifts, which means you can find yourself working the hours of a 9-5 job.

Pay and availability will vary from job to job, with the potential to earn a higher wage working at nights.

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