HHAs earn their credential by completing career training, going through a two-step evaluation process, and presenting an acceptable criminal background check. Home health aides must be at least 18 years of age.
Individuals who have met requirements in other municipalities may apply for certification by endorsement. A home health aide career requires technical skills and people skills. HHAs must also have basic English language competency. However, minimum academic proficiency is relatively low. Students can enter DC training programs with English reading and writing skills that have been assessed at at least 5th grade level.
DC Regulations outline the duties allowed by home health aides and those allowed by personal care aides. Home health aides are allowed a number of duties that personal care aides are not.
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HHAs should be aware that allowable scope of duty is determined at the state level and that many jurisdictions place more restrictions on delegable duties. Federal law mandates that a home health aide who works for a Medicare-approved agency must have at least 75 hours of training. Of these, at least 16 must consist of supervised practical training.
Training programs may be approved by the District of Columbia or by boards of nursing that are located in other states.
There are ten approved DC programs as of late Programs are evaluated on an annual basis. The Washington DC model curriculum is considerably longer than the minimum required in some municipalities. A student can expect total training hours: 65 classroom hours, 20 lab hours, and 40 clinical hours. Training programs are coordinated by RNs.
How to Find a Training Program or Provider for a Home Health Aide
A person who is already certified as a nurse aide can become a home health aide after completion of an short bridge program. DC bridge programs are now 32 hours — again this is higher than it is in some other jurisdictions. Nurses who received their education internationally can also apply for certification.
They will need to have received a certificate from the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools during the preceding three years. There are two components: written examination and skills evaluation.
The written examination includes 70 multiple choice questions, drawn from four content areas: the HHA role, physical care, psychosocial care, and activities related to household maintenance and other personal maintenance; examples of personal maintenance would be accompanying clients to appointments and helping them use the telephone. There are 22 skills that may be assessed. The District of Columbia places limits on the number of examination retakes.
The written examination is available at Pearson VUE testing centers.
How to Become a Home Health Aide
Tentative dates for the skills evaluation are listed on the Pearson site. Currently, there are multiple dates each month. More details HERE.
The Home Care Aide Council Council is a non-profit trade association with over home care agency and community -based organization members throughout Massachusetts. The Home Care Aide Foundation, our c 3 arm, implements best practice initiatives and evidence-based training curricula supported through grant funding and donations.
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Together, our Council and Foundation are committed to enhancing quality of care throughout the home care industry by focusing on the advancement of the home care aide workforce. Home care aides are the heart of the Commonwealth's home care system, providing personalized and supportive services that enable our elders and disabled children and adults to remain at home.
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