What do Home Health Aides do?

Home health aides, sometimes known as caregivers, help in changing dressings. Perform a variety of duties as requested by client, such as obtaining household supplies and running errands. Accompany clients to doctors’ offices and on other trips outside the home, providing transportation, assistance and companionship. Administer prescribed oral medications under written direction of physician or as directed by home care nurse and certified nurses aides.

Care for children who are disabled or who have sick or disabled parents. Massage patients and apply preparations and treatments, such as liniment, alcohol rubs, and heat-lamp stimulation. Maintain records of patient care, condition, progress, and problems in order to report and discuss observations with a supervisor or case manager. Provide patients with help moving in and out of beds, baths, wheelchairs or automobiles, and with dressing and grooming.

Provide patients and families with emotional support and instruction in areas such as infant care, preparing healthy meals, independent living, and adaptation to disability or illness. Change bed linens, wash and iron patients’ laundry, and clean patients’ quarters. Entertain, converse with, or read aloud to patients to keep them mentally healthy and alert.

Plan, purchase, prepare, and serve meals to patients and other family members, according to prescribed diets. Direct patients in simple prescribed exercises and in the use of braces or artificial limbs. Check patients’ pulse, temperature and respiration. Learn more about caregiver jobs and find the best caregiver job advice.