Care from a Licensed Home Health Aide
A “Home Health Aide” otherwise known as H.H.A. means a person who is trained or qualified, as provided by rule, and who provides hands-on personal care, performs simple procedures as an extension of therapy or nursing services, assists in ambulation or exercises, or assists in administering medications.
Home Care Services provided by a Home Health Aide
- Respite Care
- Morning Wake Up and Night Time Tuck-in Service
- Check and Record Vial Signs
- Medication Reminders
- Assistance with Dressing
- Bathing and Showering
- Transfer Assistance*
- Walking / Escort Assisitance
*Assistance with physical transfer. Providing verbal and physical cueing, physical assistance, or both while the patient moves from one position to another, for example between the following: a bed, chair, wheelchair, commode, bathtub or shower, or a standing position. Transfer can also include use of a mechanical lift, if a home health aide or CNA is trained in its use.
The Home Health Aides and CNAs we refer are CPR Certified.
Families Can Expect Upon Hiring a Home Health Aide or a CNA:
- Be responsible for observing appearance and gross behavioral changes in the patient and reporting these changes to the caregiver and the nurse registry or the registered nurse responsible for assessing the case when giving care in the home or to the responsible facility employee if staffing in a facility;
- Be responsible to maintain a clean, safe and healthy environment, which may include light cleaning and straightening of the bathroom, straightening the sleeping and living areas, washing the patient’s dishes or laundry, and such tasks to maintain cleanliness and safety for the patient;
- Perform other activities as taught and documented by a registered nurse, concerning activities for a specific patient and restricted to the following:
- Assisting with the change of a colostomy bag, reinforcement of dressing;
- Assisting with the use of devices for aid to daily living such as a wheelchair or walker;
- Assisting with prescribed range of motion exercises;
- Assisting with prescribed ice cap or collar;
- Doing simple urine tests for sugar, acetone or albumin;
- Measuring and preparing special diets;
- Measuring intake and output of fluids; and
- Measuring temperature, pulse, respiration or blood pressure.