Personal care aides (PCA) are more focused on the day-to-day activities of their clients than the actual healthcare portion of their lives. Their main clients are the elderly, mentally disabled individuals, those suffering from chronic illness or those who are physically challenged. Home health aides (HHA) can attend to client needs like taking vital signs, changing simple wound dressings and preparing special diet regiments.

PCA, on the other hand, have specific training for the following activities:

  • Assistance with feeding
  • Transferring patients from one household location to another (i.e. bed to bathtub)
  • Ambulation (assisting a client walking)
  • Assistance with bathing, dressing, or toileting
  • Assistance with feeding
  • Assistance with taking prescription medication
  • Light housekeeping
  • Laundry services

Each client’s specific needs will determine whether a PCA or HHA should be utilized.