The services that a home care aide can provide depend upon the level of their training. A Personal Care Assistant (PCA) can help with the tasks noted above, providing primary care and companionship to your loved one. A Home Health Aide (HHA) undergoes additional training, allowing them to offer other services, such as performing simple dressing changes and taking basic vital signs. A home health aide’s work requires a doctor’s order.
A Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) or Registered Nurse (RN) must undergo further training to receive appropriate licensing/certification. Their more profound education allows them to attend to more complex medical functions.
And one option that many people are not aware of…
Through the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP), you can personally select a caregiver you already know, such as a family member or a trusted friend. Just like a home care aide, the caregiver would supply in-home support for your older relative. Because Medicaid covers CDPAP, not only would the care come from a known person, but they would also be paid for their work.