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Home Health Aide (HHA)

The Home Health Aide is trained to provide home management, personal care and health related tasks to patients and families experiencing recent episodic or chronic health care problems. The Home Health Aide works under the supervision of an RN or LPN. The Home Health Aide qualifications will conform to the NYCRR Title X 700.2.

Responsibilities Include

  • Participate on the Care Team by providing input and making suggestions for improved patient outcomes
  • Following written plan of patient care
  • Maintaining records of daily activities, observations, and direct hours of service
  • Preparation of a simple, modified diet
  • Weighing the patient
  • Infant care
  • Hydraulic lift use
  • Assistance with self-administration of medication
  • Report client condition changes immediately to RN
  • Bathroom tasks
  • Medication reminders
  • Taking patient vital signs
  • Performing range of motion exercises
  • Grooming
  • Companionship, friendship and emotional support
  • Talk, listen, share experiences, play games / cards, read aloud
  • Helping to keep patients in contact with family, friends and the outside world
  • Transportation to medical appointments, grocery store and errands
  • Accompany clients to recreational and / or social events
  • Assisting with plans for visits and outings
  • Organize and read mail
  • Meal planning and preparation.
  • Performing light housekeeping
  • Monitoring household supplies and resources
  • Develop and maintain constructive and cooperative working relationships with family and friends
  • Problem solving
  • Assistance with pet care
  • Ensuring service is delivered in accordance with Agency policies, procedures and industry standards

Non-permissible activities:

Non-permissible activities:

  • The patient has the need for assistance with the task or activity for routine maintenance of health.
  • The patient cannot perform the activity because of his/her disability.
  • The patient has no informal caregiver who is available at the time the service must be rendered or
  • The caregiver is unwilling or unable to perform the task or
  • The caregiver's involvement is unacceptable to the client.

Tasks allowable under special circumstances:

  • Assisting with the administration of medicines.
  • Measuring temperature, pulse, respirations and blood pressure.
  • Testing urine for glucose, ketones, and bacteria.
  • Collecting urine, stool and sputum specimens.
  • Preparation of a complex, 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.

The following health related tasks may be performed by the Home Health Aide, who has had documented training in such tasks and is deemed competent to perform them in performance of patient care. Such services are performed in situations deemed by the agency to be special circumstances. Activities permissible under special circumstances are governed by the department document

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