Home health agencies are regulated by the Ohio Department of Health. There is no state licensure for home health agencies and no state testing or certification for home health aides in Ohio. However, HHAs must gain accreditation by a nationally-recognized accreditation organization in order to become Medicare certified. The 3 currently approved accreditation organizations are the Community Health Accreditation Program, Accreditation Commission for Health Care, and the Joint Commission.
How to Become a Home Health Aide in Ohio
Since there are no state certification requirements for home health aides in Ohio, most training happens on the job. Depending on your employer, additional training and qualifications may be required or preferred before you are hired.
Working for a Home Health Agency
Home health aides employed by a Medicare/Medicaid certified agency need to pass a competency evaluation and complete the minimum training requirements. Most agencies will also provide initial and ongoing training to home health aides.
Independent Home Health Aides
To become a Medicaid-certified independent home health aide, you can enroll through the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services. You must obtain a background check through the Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (this can be done at your nearest Webcheck location.) If you have lived in Ohio for less than 5 years, you will also need to obtain an FBI background check.
The National Association of Home Care and Hospice offers a home health aide certification program. The program includes training, skills evaluation, and a written exam. While this certification is not mandatory, it will assure future employers that you meet national standards for home health aides. Call (202) 547- 7424 for more information about the NAHC home health aide certification program.
Home health aide certification programs are also available through vocational schools and community colleges. Check your local institution for more information about courses or programs for home health aides.
Search for Home Health Aide Jobs
To find employment as a home health aide in Ohio, search the following online career sites:
Find Home Health Agencies in Ohio
Use the following directories to find and compare home health agencies in Ohio:
- Ohio Department of Health Care Provider Search: Search for details about a specific agency or find one based on the provided filters. Results are in real-time, so you can see if an agency is up-to-date on their licensing.
- ODJFS Provider Directory: Search by area and provider type.
- OCHCH Provider Directory: Search by county, agency type, Medicare certification, and payment options.
- Medicare Home Health Compare: Look up Medicare-certified home health care providers in your area.
How to Choose a Home Health Agency in Ohio
It’s important to ask the right questions up front to find the best home health agency for your needs. Consider the following questions when interviewing prospective home health agencies:
- Is your agency accredited? (While this is not required, it signifies the agency meets a national standard of care)
- How long has your agency served the area?
- How do you train your home health aides? (Since the state does not have specific training requirements, this will vary between agencies)
- Who will oversee the home health aide caring for my loved one? (Make sure there will be periodic checks on your assigned home health aide by a supervisor)
- Do you have any patients who I can get in touch with for feedback on your agency?
Ohio HHA Regulating Sources and Additional Resources
For more information about home health aides in Ohio, check the following resources:
- Ohio Department of Health
- Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services
- Ohio Council for Home Care and Hospice