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Colorado Home Care Regulations

Colorado
Home Care
Regulations

Direct Care Staff

Hours: Topic Specific
Frequency: Every 12 months

 

Ongoing training shall be provided to all direct care staff. Training requirements shall be consistent with the program, services and equipment it provides and are appropriate to the needs of the populations served.

1. Training shall consist of at least 12 topics applicable to the agency’s care and services every 12 months after the starting date of employment or calendar year as designated by agency policy. The training requirement shall be prorated in accordance with the number of months the employee was actively working for the agency. Training shall include, but is not limited to, the following items:

a. Promoting consumer dignity, independence, self-determination, privacy, choice and rights; including abuse and neglect prevention and reporting requirements;
b. Behavior management techniques;
c. Disaster and emergency procedures; and
d. Infection control including universal precautions.

6 CCR 1011-1 Chap 26   7.8

For more information visit Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment.

All Staff Continuing Education

Hours: Topic Specific
Frequency: Every 12 months

 

The agency shall ensure that ongoing supervisory and direct care staff training occurs and shall consist of at least six (6) topics applicable to the agency’s services every 12 months after the starting date of employment or calendar year as designated by agency policy.

The training requirement shall be prorated in accordance with the number of months the employee was actively working for the agency. Training shall include, but is not limited to, the following items:
1. Behavior management techniques and the promotion of consumer dignity, independence, self-determination, privacy, choice and rights; including abuse and neglect prevention and reporting requirements.
2. Disaster and emergency procedures.
3. Infection control using universal precautions.
4. Basic first aid and home safety.

6 CCR 1011-1 Chap 26 8.6

For more information visit Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment.

Qualified Medication Administration Persons

Hours: Topic Specific
Frequency: Initial and Annually

 

The HCA shall provide training for its employees regarding the agency’s written infection control policies and procedures at the time of hire and annually.

6 CCR 1011-1 Chap 26

For more information visit Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment.

First Time Administrator Training

Hours: 24 Hours
Frequency: within the first 12 months after designation to position

 

A first-time administrator or alternate administrator shall complete a total of 24 hours of training in the administration of an agency before the end of the first 12 months after designation to the position.

A first-time administrator or alternate administrator shall complete eight (8) clock hours of educational training in the administration of an agency within the first month of employment. The eight (8) clock hours shall include, at a minimum, the following topics:
1. Home care overview,
2. Information on the licensing standards for the agency; and (3) Information on state and local laws applicable to the agency.

A first-time administrator or alternate administrator shall complete an additional 16 clock hours of educational training before the end of the first 12 months after designation to the position. Any of the 16 hours may be completed prior to designation if completed during the 12 months immediately preceding the date of designation to the position. The additional 16 clock hours shall include the following subjects and may include other topics related to the duties of an administrator:
1. Consumer rights, governing body and administrator responsibilities, professional
advisory committee, quality management plans, occurrence reporting, and
complaint investigation and resolution process,
2. Personnel qualifications, experience, competency and evaluations,
3. Financial management,
4. Ethics in healthcare,
5. Needs of the fragile, ill and physically and cognitively disabled in the community
setting with special training and staffing considerations,
6. Behavior management techniques,
7. Staffing methodologies and oversight of scheduling,
8. Staff training and supervision, and
9. Limitations of personal care versus health care services.

The 24-hour education requirement shall be met through structured, formalized classes, correspondence courses, competency-based computer courses, training videos, distance learning programs, or other training courses. Subject matter that deals with the internal affairs of an organization does not qualify for credit. The training shall be provided or produced by an academic institution, a recognized state or national organization or association, an independent contractor, or an agency.

       1. If an agency or independent contractor provides or produces training, the training shall first be approved by the department or recognized by a national organization or association. The agency shall maintain documentation of this approval for review by inspectors.

6 CCR 1011-1 Chap 26

For more information visit Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment.

Administrator Continuing Education

Hours: 12 Hours
Frequency: Annually

 

An administrator shall complete 12 clock hours of continuing education within each 12-month period beginning with the date of designation.

The education shall include at least two (2) of the following topics and may include other topics related to the duties of the administrator.

1. Any of the topics listed under the initial training requirements,

2. Development and implementation of agency policies,

3. Healthcare management,

4. Ethics,

5. Quality improvement,

6. Risk assessment and management,

7. Financial management,

8. Skills for working with consumers, families and other professional service
providers,

9. Community resources,

10. Marketing.


6 CCR 1011-1 Chap 26

For more information visit Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment.

Personal Care Worker Training

Hours: Topic Specific
Frequency: Within the first 45 days of employment

 

Training within the first 45 days of employment shall be provided, in addition to orientation, which can include self-study courses with demonstration of learned concepts, and are applicable to the employee’s responsibilities.

Initial training shall include, but is not limited to:

1. Communication skills with consumers such as those who have a hearing deficit, dementia, or other special needs;

2. Appropriate training in accordance with the needs of special needs populations served by the agency including communication and behavior management techniques;

3. Appropriate and safe techniques in personal care tasks prior to assignment. Areas include bathing, skin care, hair care, nail care, mouth care, shaving, dressing, feeding, assistance with ambulation, exercises and transfers, positioning, bladder care, bowel care, medication reminding, homemaking tasks, and protective oversight;

4. Recognizing emergencies and knowledge of emergency procedures including basic first aid, home and fire safety;

5. The role of, and coordination with, other community service providers; and

6. Maintenance of a clean, safe and healthy environment, including appropriate cleaning techniques and sanitary meal preparation.

6 CCR 1011-1 Chap 26

For more information visit Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment.

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