Home Health Aide
Home health aides are important members of our health care team at MaineHealth Care at Home. They help people facing a variety of health care challenges such as disabilities, long-term chronic conditions, or cognitive impairments.
Home health aides are at the heart of home health care. At MaineHealth Care at Home, home health aide services may include helping patients with daily activities, from grooming to eating. Our home health aides help people stay independent and in their homes.
How can a home health aide help me?
Home health aides assist patients with activities of daily living that most of us take for granted. Their presence has a positive impact on the quality of life for patients and their families. Often their help allows older adults who need assistance to stay independent in their homes
For patients receiving services from MaineHealth Care at Home, your nurse or therapist will arrange and oversee needed services.
For private pay patients, please refer to our Help At Home program.
What services do home health aides provide?
Home health aides often help patients with chronic conditions, those recovering from surgery or challenged with a serious illness. Home health aides work under the direction of nursing or rehabilitative staff to provide:
- Personal care
- Bathing, grooming, dressing
- Walking, light exercise
- Meal preparation
- Medication reminders
- Light housekeeping and laundry
- Respite care
What is the training for home health aides?
Many patients who wish to continue living at home rely on the skills and compassion of home health aides. That is why training and education are key for home health aides. Home health aides must complete certification and training to be employed by a home health agency receiving Medicaid or Medicare reimbursements. Education includes supervised experience and passing an exam.