Home Health Aide (HHA)


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Description of a HHA

Home Health Aides (HHA) provide medical and personal care to persons in their homes. A HHA provides assistance with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) and Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs) including assistance with bathing, skin and hair care; getting in and out of bed; preparing meals; and using the bathroom. 

HHA Work Settings and Populations Served

A Home Health Aide:

  • Works with people living at home who need assistance with ADLs and/or IADLs
    Can work with persons of all ages and abilities
  • Depending on person(s) they are helping, may be supervised by a nurse or therapist

Hiring Requirements

A person may not be hired as a HHA if that person has ever been:

  • Convicted of a crime involving abuse, neglect or misappropriation of property in a health care setting
  • The subject of a complaint involving abuse or neglect  or misappropriation of property if the complaint was substantiated by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services and entered on the CNA Registry
  • Convicted within the last 10 years for sexual misconduct, or abuse, neglect or exploitation in a setting other than a health care setting
  • Convicted within the last 10 years for a crime that was punishable by 3 or more years in prison
 

TRAINING
REQUIREMENTS

Be at least 16 years old
Receive home health aide orientation provided by the home health agency you work for
Have completed 9th grade (although a high school diploma or GED is preferred)

And, depending on where you work/ who you work with:
Successfully complete the 180-hour CNA Training Program
Be listed on the Maine Registry of Certified Nursing Assistants
Receive at least 12 hours of in-service training annually

 

CAREER

PATHWAY

A person who is working as a HHA can move into the following positions with additional education:

Health Services:

  • CNA
  • CNA-M
  • LPN
  • Medical Assistant
  • Nursing Degree

Human Services:

  • MHRT-I
  • MHRT-C
  • Mental Health Worker
  • DSP