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Home Health Aides (HHAs) play an important role in today’s care industry—providing care and assistance to clients in their homes. As an HHA, you’ll enable and empower clients to recover or remain in their communities. Working under the supervision of a registered nurse, you will:
- Assist with activities of daily living such as bathing, grooming, toileting, incontinence and maintaining adequate nutritional intake
- Assist with shopping, meal preparation, socialization and medications
- Provide some health-related tasks such as taking vital signs, managing skin care and dressing changes
- Document observations, activities and care
A Home Health Aide cares for people who have disabilities, chronic illnesses, cognitive impairments or age-related problems, and who still live in their home. Home Health Aides are also employed by assisted living facilities.
What training and certifications are required to become an HHA?
In order to receive Home Health Aide certification in New York State, candidates must undergo 75 hours of clinical and classroom training. Employers can provide this training to you at no cost. After you are certified you will be added to the New York State Home Care Registry. A criminal history background check is also required.
Depending on your employer and the region of New York in which you work, you can expect a competitive starting salary, which may include benefits such as paid time off, medical and dental coverage, and a 401(k).
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, requirements for HHA training and certification may be revised by government authorities. The information on this page reflects the current known requirements for training and certification at this time.