Home Health Aides are also called a certified nursing assistant, a residential assistant, a home care giver and a patient care technician. They are there to help patients that need more care outside hospital settings.
The Home Health Aide or HHA reports to a registered nurse, physical therapist or other members of the health care profession as well as agencies working in home health care business. Due to the nature of her work, it is a requirement for the HHA to record all patient care performed.
Here below are the different patients a Home Health Aide attends to:
- Those with physical disabilities
- Those that is ill terminally
- Senior citizens
- Patients in a hospice
- Mentally disabled adults
- People recovering from sickness
- Mentally disabled children
- Patients with long-term sickness
Home Health Aides naturally work in their patients’ homes performing various tasks:
- cleaning and changing dressings
- monitoring patient respiration rate, pulse, temperature
- moving patients and helping them out of bed, into wheelchairs, cars, helping them bathe, sit on chairs, etc
- Help patients with their daily exercise
- Provide support emotionally and psychologically
- administer medications as prescribed by doctors
- Buy and prepare prescribed meals
- perform activities that help maintain patient’s mental health like conversing and reading aloud
- Help patient with personal hygiene, grooming, dressing, etc.
- Change patient’s beddings
Doing basic house work like cleaning, finishing the laundry, grocery shopping, etc. are also tasks done by a health aide as she sees necessary.
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