CNA vs HHA: What’s the Difference?

CNA vs HHA: What’s the Difference?

By Manhattan Institute
Posted in CNA
On January 02, 2018

Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) and Home Health Aides (HHAs) are confused quite a bit because they have similar roles in patients’ lives, but they’re roles more different than most people think. Read on to learn the difference between CNAs and HHAs.

Differences In Job Duties

Both CNAs and HHAs spend a lot of time one-on-one with patients providing personal care. They help patients bathe, dress, eat, and go to the bathroom. They may also act as friend and counselor at times. Even though they play similar roles, their jobs are very different. HHAs also may cook, clean or help patients run errands. They may be able to help with ventilators and perform other medical tasks with additional training depending on the state. CNAs have a lot of duties.They usually work with multiple patients and have the authority to take vitals, administer medication, and liaise between patients and healthcare professionals in addition to providing personal care like HHAs.

Differences In Work Environment

Most HHAs work in the homes of their patients, though a few work for hospice, or in nursing homes or care facilities. They usually work with elderly or disabled patients. Most HHAs work with one patient or a small number of patients. CNAs work in doctor’s offices, hospitals, surgical centers, and clinics in addition to homes, hospice, nursing homes, and care facilities. They work with a wide variety of patients.

Differences In Requirements

There are no formal educational program for HHAs, though some states require background checks and some sort of formal education. Many HHAs have a high school diploma or GED. In order to be a CNA, however, you have to attend an accredited program and pass a state licensing exam. CNAs also have a higher earning potential than HHAs.

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