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Florida Home Care Regulations

Home Care

Home Health Aide Training

Hours: 40 Hours
Frequency: Initial


For every home health aide, a home health agency shall have on file documentation of successful completion of at least forty hours of training in the following subject areas or successful passage of the competency test:

1. Communication skills;
2. Observation, reporting and documentation of patient or client status and the care or services provided;
3. Reading and recording temperature, pulse and respiration;
4. Basic infection control procedures;
5. Basic elements of body functions that must be reported to the registered nurse supervisor;
6. Maintenance of a clean and safe environment;
7. Recognition of emergencies and applicable follow-up within the home health aide scope of performance;
8. Physical, emotional, and developmental characteristics of the populations served by the agency, including the need for respect for the patient or client, his privacy, and his property;
9. Appropriate and safe techniques in personal hygiene and grooming, including bed bath, sponge, tub, or shower bath; shampoo, sink, tub, or bed; nail and skin care; oral hygiene; care of dentures;
10. Safe transfer techniques, including use of appropriate equipment, and ambulation;
11. Normal range of motion and positioning;
12. Nutrition and fluid intake;
13. Cultural differences in families;
14. Food preparation and household chores;
15. Assistance with self-administered medication.
16. Other topics pertinent to home health aide services.

Home health aides and CNAs assisting with self- administered medication, pursuant to Section 400.488, F.S., must receive a minimum of 2 hours of training (which can be part of the 40 hour home health training) prior to assuming this responsibility.

Training must cover state law and rule requirements with respect to the assistance with self-administration of medications in the home, procedures for assisting the patient with self-administration of medication, common medications, recognition of side effects and adverse reactions and procedures to follow when patients appear to be experiencing side effects and adverse reactions. Training must include verification that each CNA and home health aide can read the prescription label and any instructions.


For more information visit Florida Board of Nursing Home Administrators.

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