A Home Health Aide must be able to read, write and understand
English and be able to follow instructions (oral or written).
The applicant must be physically and emotionally healthy.
Applicant must have a kind and sympathetic attitude toward
the invalid and aging person confined in the home. Completion
of a NY State Department of Health, Home Health Aide approved
training program or competency evaluation for which a certificate
has been issued.
- Completed health examination approved and signed by
- Negative results form a Mantoux test or chest-x-ray.
- Positive results form a Mantoux test are to be followed
by the appropriate clinical tests
- Rubella immunization or proof of immunity
- Two satisfactory written references verifying former
employment or two written recommendations for employment,
if the applicant has no work history. Two personal/character
- Two documents verifying identification and eligibility
to work (social security card, driver’s license,
picture ID. birth certificates, passport. etc.)
RESPONSIBILITIES NOTE: For clarification
of Permissible and Non-Permissible Activities for Home Health
Aides, refer to the Matrix on file with the Job Description
- Assistance with bath; bed, shower or tub, as appropriate.
- Assist patient with personal care and grooming as needed:
oral hygiene, skin care, hair dressing and undressing.
- Assist patient to the bathroom; use of bedpan or commode,
- Assist patient with transfers from bed to chair, wheel¬chair
or walker as instructed
- Meal preparation according to dietary orders and feeding
the patient, when it is necessary
- Performing household services that are essential to
the patient’s well-being in the home.
a.Light dusting, vacuuming of the patient’s
immediate environment and cleaning of the
kitchen, bedroom and bathroom used by the
b. If necessary, shopping for the patient
and payment of household bills
Additional Responsibilities May Include:
Permissible health-related tasks to include:
- administration of medications;
- simple measurements and tests to routinely monitor the
patient’s condition, as appropriate;
- changing dressings of stable surface wounds; provision
of special skin care;
- caring for an ostomy after the ostomy has achieved normal
- recording of daily activities involving patient care;
- performance of a maintenance exercise program; use of
medical equipment, supplies and devices;
- other health related tasks as approved by the physician,
registered nurse and the activities considered permissi¬ble
and non-permissible by the NY State Department of Health.
- The Home Health Aide must report to the Registered Nurse
for approval and on-the-job training for any procedure
that is not included in the Patient Care Plan.
- The HHA must report immediately to the Registered Nurse
or agency office, any changes that occur in the patient
s condition, or family situation.