New York Home Health Regulations and Training

by Home_Health_Care

I. Home Health Aide Regulations in New York

Home Health Aides in New York are highly regulated by the New York State Department of Health. The New York State Education Department is responsible for carrying out these regulations, and lists (below) the requirements to become certified as a home health aide in NY.

The New York State Department of Health mandates that a Home Health Aide needs to complete a minimum of 95 hours of training in order to become certified. The caveat is that the Home Health aide must complete their training within a 60 day window.  The training breaks down in the following manner:

  • 65 hours of didactic training – lecture (45 hours) and return demonstration (20 hours)
  • 30 hours of supervised clinical experience

In addition to mandating training hours, the New York Department of Health also monitors Home Health Aide agencies as a whole. This is carried out by an unannounced survey, which assesses the agencies compliance with federal standards. The department also conducts a routine evaluation which ensures that individual agents are properly qualified, trained, and supervised.

II. How To Get Trained as a Home Health Aide in New York

To become certified as an HHA in New York, you can receive training through the University system, an HHA program, or a certified HHA agency. The New York State Department of Health and/or the New York State Education Department are the only agencies which can approve Home Health Aide Training Programs.

The New York Department of Health provides an updated list of Home Health Aide Training Program Facilities in NY. This resource lists the “open date” of each program, which is a great way to start evaluating the programs’ legitimacy. It also lists the name of the program, the address, and phone number for you to contact.

How Long Does a HHA Certificate Remain Valid

As long as a Home Health Aide is employed by a HHA agency, their certificate remains valid. However, the agency is responsible for providing nursing supervision and 12 hours of in-service training per year. If an agent is not working with an agency, then the home health aide certification lapses two years from the date that the person last worked at a home health agency in NY.

III. How to Find a New York Home Health Care Aide

One of the best tools to evaluate a Home Health Care agency in New York is provided by the NY Department of Health. The department provides a directory of licensed HHA agencies in NY, which allows you to evaluate agency profiles by each county in New York. This resource collects data that gives you a general overview of the agency, a quality score sheet of the agency offerings, the latest inspection report of the agency, and general enforcement actions against the agency.

Another great resource is the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, which is the largest not-for-profit home health care organization in the country. This organization certifies home health aides that have 30 hours more training than New York requires.

The Home Care Association of New York State is another New York home care association which represents more than 400 providers.

IV. Choosing Your NY Home Health Aide

After you’ve found multiple Florida Home Health Care Aides, the next important step is to evaluate your candidates. A good starting to point is to build a questionnaire to test if these individuals meet the state standards. For example,

  • How many hours of classroom training have you received? (it should be a minimum of 65 hours)
  • Do you have any supervised clinical experience? If so, how many hours have you completed? (They should have at least 30 hours)
  • Are you an independent agent, or do you work with an agency? (If an agent is not working with an agency, then the home health aide certification lapses two years from the date that the person last worked at the agency)
  • Can I see your current certificate from NY State, or can you provide me with your certificate number? (This can be cross referenced by the Home Health and Hospice Profile listed above)

V. Florida HHA Regulating Agencies

Home Health Aides in NY are primarily regulated by the New York Department of Health. Statutes are then carried out by regulations put in place by the New York State Education Department. For more information, you can also visit the Home Care Association of New York State.

Sources
New York State Education Department
Home Health Care Training and Educational Materials
Home Health Aide Training Program Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

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