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Provide routine care for fundamental needs of patients through personal tasks and compassionate support.

HOME HEALTH AIDE (HHA)

Home health aides provide personal care for patients who need assistance for a variety of reasons including illness, advanced age, disability, or cognitive impairment and who have the need or desire to still live in their own home.  HHAs provide a simplified routine of care for patients by assisting them in completing tasks that they may struggle to do themselves.  This typically involves:

  • Hygiene
  • Grooming
  • Bathing
  • Food preparation
  • Laundry & light housekeeping duties
  • Medication reminders
  • Helping with artificial limbs or walking aids.

Although a home health aide works independently, he or she is supervised by a medical professional, usually a registered nurse.

Other job duties may include:

  • Accompanies clients to their doctor visits
  • Oversees the administration of prescribed medications to clients
  • Assists clients who are unable to handle the day-to-day homemaking duties in their homes
  • Follows a specified care plan for the client and report on completed tasks after each visit

Requirements

  • State-approved training program
  • Competency evaluation 
  • Completion of a 40-hour Home Health Aide certification program, completion of one year of an accredited registered nurse training program, including at least two clinical rotations, or Florida CNA certificate required. If not Florida-certified must have documentation to support receiving 75 hours of Home Health Aide training that meets the guidelines of state and federal regulations.
  • Reliable transportation.
  • Must be at least 18 years old. 
  • Must be able to pass a criminal background check and provide references.
  • Ability to work with limited supervision.
  • Ability to follow written and verbal instructions.
  • Maintain good personal hygiene.
  • Able to do light housekeeping.

Providing care for patients at home by providing health care and performing hygiene, transportation, and mobility tasks.

CERTIFIED NURSING ASSISTANT (CNA)

CNAs act as helpful liaisons between the RN or LPN serving as eyes and ears and relaying information to the RN and/or LPN.  CNAs are responsible for providing direct patient care and performing patient-related activities as assigned.

Duties will vary, depending on the specific needs of the patient and include:

  • Assisting with feeding and personal hygiene, and adjusting patient positions as needed;
  • Assessing physical conditions of patients to aid in diagnosis or treatment
  • Provide household services in order to maintain a safe, clean environment
  • Assisting the patient in maintaining their daily activities and quality of lifestyle
  • Performing basic patient care skills

Requirements

  • Competency qualification
  • Valid State of Florida CNA Certificate

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Assists patient with Activities of Daily Living (ADL) such as personal care, hygiene, grooming, bathing, food preparation, eating, dressing, elimination, exercises, ambulation, changing/making patient’s bed and laundry & light housekeeping duties.
  • Assists in maintaining a safe and healthy environment. Able to use equipment and supplies safely and properly.
  • Assists with artificial limbs or walking aids.
  • Accompanies patient to doctor visits.
  • Follows the specified care plan as written, approved, and supervised by the RN.
  • Informs RN of patient’s condition, documents activities, and findings after each visit for submission as required by company procedures.
  • Reminds patient and/or family with self-administered medications as ordered by patient’s MD and in compliance with the laws of the state of Florida.

HHA & CNA Skills, Qualifications & Requirement

  • Ability to follow written and verbal instructions.
  • Ability to work with limited supervision.
  • Having a 2nd language or more is a plus
  • Able to perform light housekeeping.
  • Must be at least 18 years old.
  • Maintain good personal hygiene.
  • Must pass a criminal background check.
  • Must be able to provide references.
  • Possess a valid State of Florida HHA/CNA certificate.
  • Reliable transportation must have a clean driving record.
  • Successful completion of a state established or another training program that meets the requirements of CFR 484.36(b) or a competency evaluation program or state licensure program that meets the requirements of S484.367(b).

In-Service Training

All home health aides employed by home health agencies and nurse registries must complete an HIV/AIDS training course. They also are required to obtain and maintain a current certificate in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

Home health aides employed by Medicare and Medicaid home health agencies are required to have a total of 12 hours of in-service training during each 12-month period (this can be a calendar year or based on the date of hire). The HIV/AIDS training and CPR training may be counted toward meeting the 12 hours of in-service training.

Note:
To work for a Medicare or Medicaid home health agency in Florida, HHAs must possess a home health aide certification showing successful completion of at least 75 hours of healthcare training which includes at least sixteen (16) hours of clinical training through a qualified home health aide program and successfully complete a competency evaluation approved by AHCA.

Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) must have successfully completed the state exam with a minimum score and received certification.