Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA)

Responsible for the general care of their patients.Duties will vary, depending on the specific needs of the patient. The most common responsibilities are taking and recording vitals signs such as heart rate and blood pressure; assisting them to and from bed or chair as needed; and helping them with feeding and personal hygiene. CNAs can work in a wide variety of setting; nursing homes, hospitals, adult day care centers, personal homes and assisted living facilities.

Home Health Aide (HHA)

Monitors patient condition by observing physical and mental condition, intake and output, and exercise. Supports patients by providing housekeeping and laundry services. Shopping for food and other household requirements; preparing and serving meals and snacks; running errands. Home health aides usually work in the patient’s home.


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