The Home Care Guide: Home Care Aide Options

Finding the right home care aide

In-home health care aides perform a variety of functions that do not require medical training and which service both long and short term needs. They can provide much needed respite care to help family members or other volunteers take a break from their caregiving responsibilities. Some of these tasks performed by a home health aide are:

  • Cooking
  • Cleaning
  • Doing laundry
  • Changing bed linens
  • Helping with toileting and lifting
  • Planning meals
  • Assisting with medications
  • Wound care and bandaging
  • Helping with dressing and showering
  • Driving and transportation assistance
  • Caring for children if a parent is disabled or too ill
  • Shopping and running errands

Home Care Aides

Home care aides are generally supervised by a registered nurse or other medical or social services professional. In many cases, home health aides do not have specialized training. Some may have on-the-job training and others may have certification from the National Association for Home Care and Hospice, or a local hospital, community college or health care agency. The following people can perform home health aide services:

  • Family members
  • Friends
  • Neighbors
  • Members of a church or synagogue
  • Volunteers through a religious or civic organization
  • Agencies that supply certified home health care aides
  • Check to find a listing of home care aides in your area

All in all, you have many options to meet your family's home-health-aide needs. Work out a plan that meets your needs without overburdening one volunteer. Keep in mind that generally, home care aides do not have medical training. If your elderly loved one needs help with injections, a home care aide may not be suitable. Be sure to ask specifically about training and qualifications as these can vary.

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Ronnie Friedland is an editor at She has co-edited three books on parenting and interfaith family life.

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Comments (7)
I am a nurse and retired home care administrator i am so upset that my friend has huntingtons disease she lived alone til the state came in and told her son to take her money buy a house for both of them but now it s too much the son is having aides come in to assist with bathing but this house has walk in shower she doesnt need that so he wants them to clean the house so he wont have to Lazy and the woman from nursing told him to spend all 707smoney so she can get medicaid he want s recliners and a 70 in TV for starters ....
Posted: June 07, 2015 at 5:40 PM
My father is getting to the point where it's difficult for him to do certain daily activities. We want to take care of him in the best way possible. We really like all of the tasks you listed that a home health aide could do for him. We would love for him to be able to stay at home and still get the care he needs.
Posted: May 28, 2015 at 9:21 AM
savanna morton
what does a home health care aidse do
Posted: March 06, 2015 at 11:14 AM
Mad die Gonzalez
I am Chha in New Jersey I would like to urn my agency out of my home and get pt that need help in they home
I need help in get a name by the state and to get my license for the agency if you have any information please e mail me
Posted: March 05, 2015 at 9:06 PM
Lynn Meppen
I am interested to know how I would qualify to open my personal home as a In-Home care facility. I need help to financially afford my home. I would not be a caregiver.
Posted: December 25, 2014 at 11:19 PM
Debra Harmon
I am disabled with a trache and have otber problems. Having hard time with daily chores due to breathing, spinal and other back issues amongst more. I have meficare and champ va. How and do i qualify for help
Posted: October 15, 2014 at 11:20 AM
By the law in NY , HHA or PCA. Who is certify and register in home health car agency , can work for family member who is the patient in same agency ?? Or not.
I really appreciate for answer .
Posted: April 14, 2014 at 8:16 PM
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