home health assistants
Home health aides (HHAs) help patients with personal necessities like dressing, bathing, and hygiene needs. By assisting with housekeeping and other IADLs (instrumental activities of daily life) like cooking and laundry, HHAs enable clients to live safely in their own homes, greatly improving their quality of life in the process. Aides may have to document the patient’s condition and the care that they provide, along with any problems encountered during care, submitting this report to a supervisor. In some cases, HHAs also facilitate transportation and leisure activities for clients. Depending on the state regulations, they may be able to take vital signs, give medications, and perform basic wound dressing changes as needed.