A home health aide is a health care worker who assists elderly and disabled patients with moving, eating, dressing and bathing. They also monitor vital signs and help administer medication. Additionally, home health aides provide support with errands and chores around the house.
As of 2015, the position of home health aide is one of the most common careers and the highest growing area in the health care field. Although the position doesn’t have a standardized educational requirement, some states require preparation classes at a community college before allowing a person to act as an HHA. The certification process requires at least 75 hours of skills and training testing followed by an exam.