Home Health Aide Dos and Don’ts


Here are a few tips to follow when you are working as a home health aide. Following these simple rules will help you to provide the best possible care for your patient and will solidify a long lasting relationship with your agency.


  • Report all changes in your patient’s status to the nurse and your agency.
  • Ask someone if you have a question regarding your patient.
  • Follow your patient’s care plan.
  • Call your agency if you are unsure about anything.
  • Get to work on time and accurately document your time.
  • Follow your agencies’ rules regarding dress code and conduct.
  • Make sure to keep your physical and in-services up to date.



  • Treat your patients roughly.
  • Rush through patient care.
  • Smoke in the patient’s home.
  • Create conflict in the work place.
  • Use profanity.
  • Wear perfume and dangling jewelry.
  • Borrow or accept any money.
  • Speak to anyone about the patient’s condition your supervisor or those directly involved in the patients care.