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Alaska Home Care Regulations

Alaska
Home Care
Regulations

Home Health Aide Initial Training

Hours: CNA Training
Frequency: Initial

 

For a home health agency that provides home health aide services, services must be provided by a home health aide who is a nurse aide certified by the Board of Nursing under AS 08.68.331 - 08.68.336.

7 AAC 12.519

For more information visit Alaska Department of Health and Social Services.

Home Health Aide In-Service Training

Hours: 12 Hours
Frequency: Annually

 

A home health agency shall provide a home health aide with 12 hours of in-service training each calendar year based on the training needs identified through supervisory visits and the needs of patients being served by the home health agency.

A home health agency shall provide training for all care duties not included in the basic competency skills identified in (f) of this section.  

(f) A home health agency shall maintain sufficient documentation to demonstrate that an individual who furnishes home health aide services is competent in the skills identified in this subsection. Before providing services to patients, a home health aide shall be evaluated for competency in each of the following areas:

1. communication;

2. observation, reporting, and documentation of the patient care provided;

3. maintenance of a clean, safe, and healthy environment;

4. provision of basic infection control procedures;

5. knowledge of basic nutrition and fluid intake, including food preparation techniques as appropriate;

6. reading and recording temperature, pulse, and respiration;

7. knowledge and observation of basic elements of body functioning and changes in body function that must be reported to an aide's supervisor;

8. recognition of emergencies and knowledge of emergency procedures;

9. recognition of the physical, emotional, and developmental needs of, and ways to work with, the clients served by the home health agency, including respect for the patient, the patient's privacy, and the patient's property;

10. use of appropriate and safe techniques of personal hygiene and grooming, including

        A. a bed bath;

        B. a sponge, tub, or shower bath;

        C. sink, tub, or bed shampooing;

        D. nail and skin care;

        E. oral hygiene; and

        F. toileting and elimination;

11. safe transfer techniques and ambulation;

12. normal range of motion and positioning;

13. any other task that the home health agency may assign to the home health aide.

7 AAC 12.519

For more information visit Alaska Department of Health and Social Services.

 

Home Health Aide Orientation

Hours: Topic Specific
Frequency: Within the 2 weeks immediately following employment

 

A home health agency shall provide and document orientation of a home health aide within the two weeks immediately following that aide's employment.

Orientation must include information on the following matters:
1. applicable state and federal law and the policies and procedures of the agency;

2. duties of the home health aide;

3. functions of other health personnel employed by the agency and how they relate to each other in the care of the patient;

4. coordination of services within the agency and community services; and

5. ethics and confidentiality.   A home health agency shall maintain sufficient documentation to demonstrate that an individual who furnishes home health aide services is competent in the skills identified in this subsection.

Before providing services to patients, a home health aide shall be evaluated for competency in each of the following areas:

1. communication;

2. observation, reporting, and documentation of the patient care provided;

3. maintenance of a clean, safe, and healthy environment;

4. provision of basic infection control procedures;

5. knowledge of basic nutrition and fluid intake, including food preparation techniques as appropriate;

6. reading and recording temperature, pulse, and respiration;

7. knowledge and observation of basic elements of body functioning and changes in body function that must be reported to an aide's supervisor;

8. recognition of emergencies and knowledge of emergency procedures;

9. recognition of the physical, emotional, and developmental needs of, and ways to work with, the clients served by the home health agency, including respect for the patient, the patient's privacy, and the patient's property;

10. use of appropriate and safe techniques of personal hygiene and grooming, including

        A. a bed bath;

        B. a sponge, tub, or shower bath;

        C. sink, tub, or bed shampooing;

        D. nail and skin care;

        E. oral hygiene; and

        F. toileting and elimination;

11. safe transfer techniques and ambulation;

12. normal range of motion and positioning;

13. any other task that the home health agency may assign to the home health aide

7 AAC 12.519

For more information visit Alaska Department of Health and Social Services.

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