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Maryland Home Care Regulations

Home Care

Home Health Aide Quarterly Training

Hours: Topic Specific
Frequency: Quarterly

Aides shall receive a periodic, structured program of training and orientation which includes, at a minimum:

1. The role of the home health aide as a member of the professional health services team;

2. Instruction and supervised practice in personal care services of the sick at home, with major attention being given to personal hygiene and activities of daily living;

3. Instruction in how to assist patients to achieve maximum self-reliance through re-learning and modifying activities of daily living;

4. Principles of good nutrition;

5. Meal planning, food purchasing, and preparation of meals, including special diets;

6. General information on the processes of growth, development, and aging;

7. Information on the emotional and physical problems accompanying illness;

8. Principles and practices in maintaining a clean, health, and safe environment as well as a pleasant one that encourages morale building and self-help;

9. Items requiring referral to the nurse supervisor in the home health agency, including changes in the patient's condition or family situation;

10. Record-keeping, when applicable;

11. Policies and objectives of the agency;

12. Information concerning the duties and responsibilities of a home health aide; and

13. Ethical behavior and confidentiality of information.

In-service education is required for all professionals including home health aides, on a quarterly basis. The subject matter, content, and attendance shall be documented for review during the survey process.

For more information visit Maryland Department of Health.

Home Health All Staff Training

Hours: Topic Specific
Frequency: Annually

In-service training and orientation of all personnel in the objectives, policies, and functions of the agency, including grievance procedures; and job descriptions for each classification of personnel.

The policies of the home health agency shall be reviewed annually and revised as necessary.

For more information visit Maryland Department of Health.

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