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Home Health Aides - 31-1011.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Provide routine individualized healthcare such as changing bandages and dressing wounds, and applying topical medications to the elderly, convalescents, or persons with disabilities at the patient's home or in a care facility. Monitor or report changes in health status. May also provide personal care such as bathing, dressing, and grooming of patient.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Caregiver
  • Certified Home Health Aide (CHHA)
  • Certified Medical Aide (CMA)
  • Certified Nurses Aide (CNA)
  • Home Attendant
  • Home Care Aide
  • Home Health Aide (HHA)
  • Home Health Provider
  • Hospice/Home Health Aide
  • In Home Caregiver

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • Accompany clients to doctors' offices or on other trips outside the home, providing transportation, assistance, and companionship.
  • Administer prescribed oral medications, under the written direction of physician or as directed by home care nurse or aide, and ensure patients take their medicine.
  • Bathe patients.
  • Care for children who are disabled or who have sick or disabled parents.
  • Care for patients by changing bed linens, washing and ironing laundry, cleaning, or assisting with their personal care.
  • Change dressings.
  • Check patients' pulse, temperature, and respiration.
  • Direct patients in simple prescribed exercises or in the use of braces or artificial limbs.
  • Entertain, converse with, or read aloud to patients to keep them mentally healthy and alert.
  • Maintain records of patient care, condition, progress, or problems to report and discuss observations with supervisor or case manager.
  • Massage patients or apply preparations or treatments, such as liniment, alcohol rubs, or heat-lamp stimulation.
  • Perform a variety of duties as requested by client, such as obtaining household supplies or running errands.
  • Plan, purchase, prepare, or serve meals to patients or other family members, according to prescribed diets.
  • Provide patients and families with emotional support and instruction in areas such as caring for infants, preparing healthy meals, living independently, or adapting to disability or illness.
  • Provide patients with help moving in and out of beds, baths, wheelchairs, or automobiles and with dressing and grooming.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Accompany patients or clients on outings to provide assistance.
  • Administer therapy treatments to patients using hands or physical treatment aids.
  • Apply bandages, dressings, or splints.
  • Assess physical conditions of patients to aid in diagnosis or treatment.
  • Assist patients with daily activities.
  • Engage patients in exercises or activities.
  • Feed patients.
  • Give medications or immunizations.
  • Maintain medical records.
  • Teach basic living or other adaptive skills to patients or caregivers.

Military Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Health Support Specialist
  • HHA Dementia Care Specialty
  • HHA Disabilities Specialty
  • HHA Hospice and Palliative Care Specialty
  • HHA Mentor Specialty
  • Home Health Aide

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Home Attendant