A Certified Home Health Aide (CHHA) is a trained professional who assists with activities of daily living (ADLs) and basic healthcare services to individuals in their homes. CHHAs play a crucial role in supporting people who may have disabilities, chronic illnesses, or age-related conditions, enabling them to live independently and receive care in a familiar and comfortable environment.

Here are key aspects of the role of a Certified Home Health Aide:

  1. Training and Certification: CHHAs undergo formal training programs to acquire the necessary skills and knowledge for providing home-based care. The training typically covers topics such as personal care, hygiene, nutrition, vital signs monitoring, infection control, and communication skills.
  2. Personal Care Assistance: CHHAs assist clients with activities of daily living, which may include bathing, dressing, grooming, toileting, and mobility assistance. They help clients maintain personal hygiene and promote a comfortable and clean living environment.
  3. Meal Preparation: CHHAs may be involved in preparing simple, nutritious meals based on the client’s dietary needs and preferences. They may also assist with feeding if necessary.
  4. Medication Reminders: While CHHAs do not administer medications, they may provide reminders to clients to take prescribed medications as directed. They can also assist with organizing medications.
  5. Monitoring Health: Certified Home Health Aides observe and report changes in clients’ health conditions to healthcare professionals or family members. This may include recording vital signs, noting any signs of discomfort, and communicating effectively about the client’s well-being.
  6. Assistance with Therapeutic Exercises: Some CHHAs may help clients with prescribed exercises or mobility activities to maintain or improve their physical health and prevent complications.
  7. Emotional Support: CHHAs provide companionship and emotional support to clients. Building a rapport with clients is an essential aspect of their role, and they may engage in conversation, and activities, or simply be a friendly presence.
  8. Safety and Fall Prevention: CHHAs assess the home environment for safety hazards and take measures to prevent accidents or falls. They may assist clients with transfers and mobility to reduce the risk of injuries.
  9. Documentation: CHHAs maintain records of the care provided, including observations, activities performed, and any notable changes in the client’s condition. Proper documentation is important for communication and continuity of care.
  10. Collaboration with Healthcare Professionals: Certified Home Health Aides often work under the supervision of a registered nurse or other healthcare professionals. They collaborate with the healthcare team to ensure that the client’s care plan is followed and adjustments are made as needed.

Certified Home Health Aides may work for home health agencies, hospice organizations, or directly for clients and their families. The specific duties and responsibilities can vary based on state regulations, the individual care plan, and the needs of the client. Continuous education and adherence to professional standards are important for CHHAs to provide quality care.


Nondiscrimination policy: It is the policy of CHNS to treat all patients with respect and dignity. We do not discriminate concerning race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or disability. CHNS believes that no matter who you are, you deserve a great quality of life.