Home Health Aide  What They Do

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Home Health Aides Career Video



Provides routine, personal healthcare, such as bathing, dressing or grooming, to elderly, convalescent or disabled persons in the home of patients or in a residential care facility.

This career is part of the Health Science cluster Therapeutic Services pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Maintains records of patient care, condition, progress, or problems to report and discuss observations with supervisor or case manager.
  • Provides patients with help moving in and out of beds, baths, wheelchairs, or automobiles and with dressing and grooming.
  • Bathes patients.
  • Cares for patients by changing bed linens, washing and ironing laundry, cleaning, or assisting with their personal care.
  • Entertains, converses with, or reads aloud to patients to keep them mentally healthy and alert.
  • Plans, purchases, prepares, or serves meals to patients or other family members, according to prescribed diets.
  • Checks patients' pulse, temperature, and respiration.
  • Provides patients and families with emotional support and instruction in areas such as caring for infants, preparing healthy meals, living independently, or adapting to disability or illness.
  • Performs a variety of duties as requested by client, such as obtaining household supplies or running errands.
  • Directs patients in simple prescribed exercises or in the use of braces or artificial limbs.

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Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 20 lbs., sometimes up to 50 lbs. You might do a lot of lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling.
  • Work in this occupation involves bending or twisting your body more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposed to disease and infections more than once a month through work such as patient care, laboratory work, and sanitation control
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Weekend work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Direct Care Counselor -- Provides continuous care and assistance to residents in group homes that treat children, adults and seniors with special needs.
  • Independent Living Specialist -- Provides services to individuals with psychiatric disabilities.
  • Nursing Assistant -- Assists patients with daily living and fundamental tasks.
  • Home Hospice Aide --