Certified home health aide (HHA)

Is a trained and certified individual that can assist you with all activities of daily living and may provide the exclusive tasks allowable under special circumstances:

Services include as directed by the plan of care and supervised by a registered nurse:

  • Assist with care of the teeth and mouth.
  • Assist with care of the hair including shampooing and shaving.
  • Assist with ordinary care of the nails, including washing, drying, and filing with an emery board.
  • Assist with bathing in bed, tub or shower.
  • Assist with feeding.
  • Assist with walking, use of walker, or wheelchair.
  • Assist with dressing.
  • Assist with transfers from bed to chair or commode and back.
  • Prepare and serve meals according to instructions.
  • Change bed linen.
  • Dust, vacuum, and straighten the room that the patient uses.
  • Wash dishes, scour kitchen and bathroom sink.
  • Maintain general cleanliness of the patient's environment.
  • List needed supplies.
  • Shop for client in the absence of family members.
  • Launders client clothes and linens in the absence of family members.

Exclusive HHA Tasks allowable under special circumstances:

  • Assisting with the administration of medicines
  • Measuring body temperature, pulse, respirations and blood pressure
  • Testing urine for glucose, ketones, and bacteria
  • Collecting urine, stool and sputum specimens
  • Preparation of a complex and/or modified diet
  • Assisting with a prescribed exercise program
  • Assisting with prescribed medical equipment, supplies and devices
  • Assisting with special skin care, ostomy care and dressing changes.

(Seniors, adults and children qualify for certified home health )