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Connecticut Home Care Regulations

Connecticut
Home Care
Regulations

Homemaker/Home Health Aide Training

Hours: 75 Hours
Frequency: Initial


The commissioner shall adopt, and revise as necessary, a homemaker-home health aide training program of not less than seventy-five (75) hours and competency evaluation program for homemaker home health aides.

The standard curriculum of the training program shall include the following elements which shall be presented in both lecture and clinical settings:
  1. Communication skills;
  2. Observation, reporting and documentation of patient status and the care or services furnished;
  3. Reading and recording temperature, pulse and respiration;
  4. Basic infection control procedures;
  5. Basic elements of body function and changes in body function that must be reported to an aide's supervisor;
  6. Maintenance of a clean, safe and healthy environment;
  7. Recognizing emergencies and knowledge of emergency procedures;
  8. The physical, emotional, and developmental needs of and ways to work with the populations served by the home health care agency, including the need for respect for the patient, his or her privacy and his or her property;
  9. Appropriate and safe techniques in personal hygiene and grooming that include: bath (bed, sponge, tub or shower), shampoo (sink, tub or bed), nail and skin care, oral hygiene, toileting and elimination;
  10. Safe transfer techniques and ambulation;
  11. Normal range of motion and positioning;
  12. Adequate nutrition and fluid intake;
  13. Any other task that the home health care agency may choose to have the homemaker-home health aide perform.

19-13-D69

For more information visit Connecticut Department of Public Health.


Home Health Agency In-Service Training

Hours: 1 Hour
Frequency: Monthly


An annual average of at least one (1) hour per month for each employee serving patients.

The in-service education shall include current information regarding drugs and treatments; specific service procedures and techniques; recognized professional standards, criteria and classification of clients served.

Agencies that employ homemaker-home health aides shall ensure that homemaker-home health aides attend in-service sessions. The in-service education program shall be provided under the supervision of the supervisor of clinical service or a designated registered nurse who possesses a minimum of two (2) years of nursing experience, at least one (1) year of which must be in the provision of home health care.

19-13-D71.
For more information visit Connecticut Department of Public Health.


Home Health Agency Orientation

Hours: Topic Specific
Frequency: Orientation


An agency orientation policy for all employees shall include but not be limited to review of the following:

1. organizational structure of the agency;
2. agency patient care policies and procedures;
3. philosophy of patient care;
4. description of client population and geographic area served;
5. agency personnel policies and job description;
6. applicable state and federal regulations governing the delivery of home health care services; 

 Any person who has been deemed to have completed a homemaker-home health aide training program in accordance with this subsection shall be provided with ten (10) hours of orientation by the agency of employment prior to the individual providing any homemaker-home health aide services.

19-13-D71.

For more information visit Connecticut Department of Public Health.

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