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Your Home Care Aide Options

Here's how to find the right type of in-home care aide for you or your aging loved one.

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 Care.com 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.


Ronnie Friedland has co-edited three books on parenting and interfaith family life.

Jan. 1, 2016

These guidelines explore the range of home care services available to help you ... Take a look at your options, your budget, and some of the alternatives. ... Home health aides might also provide limited assistance.I would like to share this with others through my page at http://doctorschoiceplacement.... .

Dec. 18, 2015

My grandma is thinking about getting some in-home care services, but she isn't sure what kind she wants to get. This being said, I really appreciate you listing off a whole bunch of options that my grandma can choose from. I definitely think that cleaning and cooking are going to be necessary. I'll be sure to show this to her right away so she can decide what she wants. Thanks a ton for the help. http://www.uniquehomecare.ca/e...

June 7, 2015

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 ....

May 28, 2015

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.

March 6, 2015

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