What is Home Health Aide (HHA)?
As people are living longer due to advancements in medicine, the need for Home Health Aides continues to grow at a rapid rate. A Home Health Aide (HHA) provides personal care for people who are mentally disabled, physically impaired and/or chronically ill. Other names for this type of position include: Health Aide, Personal Care Assistant, Homemaker and Home Aide.
It is often thought that home health care is primarily for the elderly, but aides may be required to care for a wide range of ages from children and teens to young adults and baby boomers. Regardless of age, aides help those who are unable to perform some duties on their own. This can range from limited assistance for partially able-bodied patients to full personal care for those who may be totally incapacitated. Care is typically provided in a person’s home, however, Home Health Aides also care for clients in a number of facilities:
• Nursing care centers;
• Geriatric facilities;
• Assistive living apartments;
• Independent living communities.