The Difference Between a PCA & HHA
The primary difference between a PCA (Personal Care Aide) and a HHA (Home Health Aide) is the level of training. Although both jobs involve personal care, the HHA receives specialized training and can attend to more complex diet regimes, handle simple dressing changes and take basic vital signs. A PCA would be utilized for tasks such as bathing, shopping, home making and running errands. The choice of utilizing one verses the other depends on the level of the patient’s medical needs and in some cases is mandated by the client’s insurance.