Home Health Aide Job Description: Top Duties and Qualifications

A Home Health Aide, or Personal Care Aide, are professional caregivers responsible for helping patients maintain their personal health and hygiene in their place of residence. Their duties include shopping for groceries and preparing meals, grooming patients and handling basic logistics such as paying bills or scheduling appointments.

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Home Health Aide Duties and Responsibilities

Home Health Aides help patients in a variety of ways, which may include taking their vital signs or giving them medicine under a nurse’s direction. They must record and report this data as medically necessary. Aides also help patients with their daily functions, such as dressing or taking a bath. They can assist with planning for doctor’s appointments or other meetings and may organize transportation for them.

Other Home Health Aide responsibilities may include:

  • Housekeeping, such as vacuuming or doing laundry
  • Cooking meals
  • Grocery shopping
  • Reporting to nurses about patient’s health status
  • Teaching patient self-care skills

Home Health Aide Job Description Examples:


Home Health Aide

Do you or a loved one need help at home?

Cdpap is a state funded program that is designed for individuals who may need help with their day-to-day activities. Consumers are allowed to recruit almost anyone, including any family members to take care of them. The members can take on the role of the caregiver and be paid a salary for their time. Any patient who qualifies for Medicaid and requires home care, personal care or skilled nursing services can sign up for the Cdpap program. NO Experience, Training or Certification Required.

(Medical Benefits included)



Paid vacation

Sick days

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $18.00 to $27.00 /hour

Work Location:

  • One location


  • Health insurance

  • Paid time off

  • Flexible schedule

    Employer type:

  • Home care

    This Job Is:

  • Open to applicants who do not have a high school diploma/GED

  • A good fit for applicants with gaps in their resume, or who have been out of the workforce for the past 6 months or more

  • A good job for someone just entering the workforce or returning to the workforce with limited experience and Open to applicants who do not have a college Monday to Friday
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    Home Health Aide

    NOW Hiring Home Health Aides for all positions. Starting pay $[website] per hour

    Southview Senior Living is committed to caring and providing a family like atmosphere for our residents. We believe the little things make all the difference. If you have a passion for seniors, come and join our high quality team. We offer a competitive salary and benefit package.

    Please visit out website or email your resume to: willowsoframseyhill.com

    apply in person-

    Willows of Ramsey Hill

    80 N. Mackubin

    St. Paul, MN 55102

    Job Type: Part-time and Full Time Salary: $16.20 to $17.40 /hour

    Job Types: Full-time, Part-time

    Salary: $16.20 to $17.40 /hour

    Work Location:

  • One location


  • Health insurance

  • Dental insurance

  • Retirement plan

  • Paid time off

    Patient Type:

  • Geriatric

    Shift Length:

  • 8 from No
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    Home Health Aide

    Traveling CNA, PCA, HHA, LPN - Live In Caregivers

    WE ARE Hiring !! WE ARE Hiring !!

  • Up to $1,000 per week

    FCP Live-In is offering opportunities for

    Caregivers to work long term/short term assignments.

    If you are looking for Full-Time Live In work, contact us now. Case are going fast.

    FCP Live-In is seeking traveling CNA’s, PCA’s, HHA’s, and LPN’s to work as Live-in Caregivers for cases in New England and Beyond.

    If you are someone who would like to provide one-on-one care as a Live-in Professional Caregiver to seniors.

    FCP Live In is an agency that has specialized in Live in Caregiving for 20+ years. We currently have positions available for long term/short term assignments with flexible scheduled time off. We may also assist the right candidates with transportation costs if traveling from outside of New England. We are looking for compassionate, dependable, professional, dedicated Live-in Caregivers looking to further their careers and grow with our company.

    FCP Live In Offers the Following Benefits to Eligible Live in Caregivers:

    Health Insurance

    Holiday Differential

    Free Transportation To and From Cases

    Performance Bonuses

    Position Requirements

    CNA, PCA, HHA or LPN certification or licensure

    Must have flexible availability

    Must be willing to work in New England

    Must be dedicated, reliable, and sensitive to the needs of the elderly

    Must be able to assist clients with the following tasks:

    Bathing, Dressing and Grooming

    Other Personal Care Requirements

    Ambulation Assistance

    Medication Reminders

    Bathroom Assistance

    Dusting and Vacuuming

    Cleaning and Mopping Kitchens, Common Areas and Bathrooms

    Washing, Drying, & Folding Laundry

    Grocery Shopping

    Companionship/Wellness activities

    Socializing with Clients

    Purposeful Engagement

    Cooking/Meal Preparation


    Transport to and from Shopping/Appointments

    Dementia Care

    Hospice Care

    Incontinence Care

    Other Activities of Daily Living

    About THE Organization FCP Live In, founded in 1997 as a live-in care agency, is built on the foundation of family and positive family experiences. Through our personal experiences, difficulties and frustrations in finding the correct care for our own loved ones, we realized there was a true need for top quality live-in care. As a family with a medical background and knowing the need, it was the natural path for us to establish our own agency.

    At FCP Live In, we understand that sometimes it is difficult to make decisions regarding the care of loved ones. Through our personal and professional experience, we also understand that two needs must be met: the needs of the Client, equally important, the needs of the Client's loved ones. That is why we strive to hire, retain and promote persons of utmost integrity, compassion, and professionalism.

    FCP Live In specializes in Live-In Elder Care, staffed by our specially trained Caregivers, all of whom are supported by our Field Supervisors. With our caring, compassionate and supportive staff of Caregivers, Clients and their families will have peace of mind knowing that they are well cared-for.


    The Staff of FCP Live-In

    Job Type: Full-time

    Salary: $820.00 to $1,000.00 /week


  • Facility : 2 years (Required)


  • CNA, HHA, PCA (Required)

    Work authorization:

  • United States (Required)

    Application Question:

  • Do you understand this is a Live-IN Position?


  • Health insurance

  • Dental insurance

  • Vision insurance

  • Retirement plan

  • Paid time off


  • HHA

  • CNA

    Company's website:

  • [website]

    Benefit Waiting period may Only full-time employees eligible

  • What does a home health aide do?

    Home Health Aides are usually employed in private residences, group homes and assisted living facilities to supervise and assist elderly, ill or disabled clients. They can be dedicated to a single person or work for a range of different patients. Home Health Aides perform household chores for their clients depending on their needs, including doing the dishes, washing laundry, making up beds, vacuuming and even light gardening or groundskeeping. They learn about the client’s dietary needs and shop for healthy ingredients. Home Health Aides make sure clients take the right medications on schedule and monitor them for any concerning symptoms.

    Home Health Aide Skills and Qualifications

    Home Health Aides must be detail-oriented and be able to carefully follow protocols and rules regarding the patient’s care. Aides must adhere to instructions from doctors and nurses, such as knowing how to care for a minor medical issue or letting them know about changes in the patient’s health. They should be trustworthy and dependable so the patient and their family feel comfortable relying on them.

    Home Health Aides should have the following skills and qualifications:

    • Current and valid CNA or HHA certification
    • Ability to lift a minimum of 50 pounds
    • Availability to work evenings, holidays and weekends
    • Three years of experience in the home health industry
    • Preferred nursing experience
    • Strong patient service skills

    Home Health Aide Salary Expectations

    Home Health Aides can expect an average salary of  $24,710 per year. However, this varies depending on how much experience a candidate has and in which state they are working.  Salaries can increase as the employee gains more skills and experience.

    Home Health Aide Education and Training Requirements

    Home Health Aides often need a high school diploma, but not every employer requires it. Related educational programs are available at vocational schools and community colleges if a candidate wants to improve their knowledge. Home Health Aides who work for certified home health agencies must finish formal training and take a standardized test. Individual states may require an emergency training class. Agency employees that obtain reimbursement from Medicaid or Medicare are required to complete specific training and earn a competency certification.

    Home Health Aide Experience Requirements

    Home Health Aides should have experience with housekeeping tasks, including keeping the house clean and safe for the patient to live in and doing the dishes. They should also be able to make meals for patients with special dietary needs and have experience helping another person with personal hygiene. Some patients may prefer for the aide to spend time with them before beginning the job so the aide can understand their preferences and become comfortable around them.

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    Frequently asked questions about Home Health Aides


    What is the difference between a Home Health Aide and a Nurse?

    Home Health Aides monitor the general condition of their clients, but they do not have the same medical training and certifications as Nurses. While both Nurses and Home Health Aides look after the wellbeing of the patients in their care, Home Health Aides focus on holistic wellness including diet and exercise while Nurses prioritize treating diseases or conducting routine medical procedures like drawing blood for testing. Home Health Aides frequently run errands and help with the logistics of a household, while Nurses are solely dedicated to direct patient care.


    What are the daily duties of a Home Health Aide?

    Home Health Aides can work part-time or full-time at any hour of the day. Some Home Health Aides live in a group home with their clients to provide 24/7 support and care, while others visit client homes for a few hours each day. They arrive at a client’s home and talk to them about what errands they need assistance with. The Home Health Aide prepares meals and may assist in feeding a client and cleaning them up afterward. They help their patients sort through phone messages and mail, schedule appointments and acquire transportation when necessary.


    What are the qualities of a good Home Health Aide?

    Good Home Health Aides enjoy structure and routine, using strict schedules to ensure they can attend to all of their clients on-time and carry out all essential functions such as administering medications. Because they may work with clients with memory issues, cognitive impairments or behavioral challenges, Home Health Aides need to be compassionate, patient and understanding. They should also be organized planners who are prepared to run errands along a route to make their rounds more efficient.


    What should you look for on a Home Health Aide resume?

    Previous experience in a caregiving role such as Babysitter or Elder Care Provider is helpful on a Home Health Aide resume. Top candidates may list certifications in first aid, CPR and other basic healthcare skills. Being a Home Health Aide can be tiring work, so look for candidates who were at their previous employer for a long time and have a demonstrated history of thriving in a care-based position.

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