The goal of Hospice is to provide care for people who are terminally ill and to manage their pain and other symptoms.

    There are specific criteria for Hospice eligibility for a variety of conditions, including:

    • ALS

    • Alzheimer's/Dementia

    • Cancer

    • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

    • Diabetes

    • Kidney (Renal) Disease

    • And Others...

  • Focus on the continuous, integrated health care process that a patient/family experience across all aspects of hospice care.

  • Incorporate outcome-orientated quality assessment and performance improvement.

  • Facilitate flexibility in how the Hospice meets performance expectations.

Job Description for Home Health Aide (HHA)

March 19, 2019


Home health aid is functioning under direct and indirect supervision of the registered nurse. Provides personal care to the patient and assists with activities of daily living in the patient’s home.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Performs or assist patients with tub/shower/bath, complete/partial bed bath, personal care, skin care, nail care, hair care, foot care and oral hygiene.
  2. Assists with light housekeeping, laundry and change of bed linens.
  3. Assists with range of motion exercises, positioning, transfers, ambulating, and activity as directed by the registered nurse or therapist.
  4. Takes and records pulse, respiration and the temperature. Records on the home health aid clinical note each visit.
  5. Assists patients with administration of medications, which are ordinarily self-administered.
  6. Assists patient or caregiver with the use of Hoyer lift, commode, bedpan, urinal, heelchair, hospital bed and other equipment as directed by registered nurse or therapist. Reports defective equipment.
  7. Shops for groceries and prepares nutritionally balanced meals and snacks including special diets when required and ordered by physician.
  8. Cleanses, removes, and replaces colostomy or ureterostomy bag.
  9. Reinforces simple dressings.
  10. Records patient’s health status and services provided each visit in an informative and descriptive manner.
  11. Immediately reports all changes in the patient’s condition, all accidents and incidents to the Nursing Supervisor.
  12. Attends and participates in all scheduled training and educational programs offered by the agency.
  13. Follows established Infection Control and Universal Precautions policies and procedures when performing daily tasks.
  14. Reports any contagious diseases that come in contact with to Nursing Supervisor.
  15. Maintains confidentiality of all patients.
  16. Reports all complaints and grievances made by the patient to the Nursing Supervisor.
  17. Treats all patients fairly, with kindness, dignity and respect.
  18. Assists patients to achieve maximum independence in their activities of daily living and promotes optimal well being for the patient through maintaining a clean, safe, and healthy environment.


  1. Must be 18 years of age or older.
  2. Has a reliable means of transportation.
  3. Completion of competency evaluation as specified in the Medicare Condition of Participation.
  4. High School diploma or GED preferred.
  5. One year of experience as a nurse’s aid in a hospital, nursing home or home care setting preferred.

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