What You Should Know About Home Health Aide in Vermont

Home Health Aide in Vermont

Vermont Home Health Agencies provide nursing services including but not limited to routine personal healthcare, physical therapy and daily maintenance. Home Health Aides have a variety of titles, including caregiver, Certified Home Health Aide and Direct Care Counselor.

The Vermont Assembly of  Home Health and Hospice Agencies is the professional association for the not-for-profit home health and hospice agencies and Visiting Nurse Associations in Vermont. Please refer all VT HHA questions to this regulating agency.

VTMD provides a Vermont Guide to Health care Law and a collective resource for patients who wish to report fraud and abuse compliance. For further HHA regulations, please visit the  Division of Licensing and Protection Department of Disabilities, Aging & Independent Living.

Home Health Aide Training Requirements in Vermont

The Vermont Assembly of Home Health Agencies provides an Online Education Center for home health aides in training. The HHA course catalog includes:

  • Abuse and Neglect
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Diabetes Management
  • HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act)
  • Medicare Rules and Regulations
  • Personal Care
  • Safety
  • Traumatic Brain Injury Instruction
  • Medical Decision Making

If you’re considering a job in the home health aide field, check with the Department of Labor for its annual outlook report for home health aide jobs.

How to Find Vermont Home Health Aide Agencies

Medicare.gov provides a resource that allows you to compare home health agencies, for detailed information about every Medicare-certified home health agency in the country.

We’ve also provided a resource of the local Vermont Home Care agencies in your county:

Tips for Interviewing Your Home Health Aide

The Division of Licensing and Protection conducts a standard survey of licensed HHA agencies on a periodic basis. These facility reports are public records, so be sure to cross check your agency with the Standard Survey Results.

  • How long has this agency been providing home health care services in this community?
  • Can I see your accreditation by the state of Vermont?
  • Can you provide me with a list of three references, for both the agency as a whole, and the individual agent who will work with my loved one?
  • How do you select and train your employees?
  • How will you match the right home health aide with my loved one?
  • How often are your agents available for home visits? Can I employ them full time, or only on a part time basis?
  • What procedures does your agency have in place to handle emergencies? Are your caregivers available 24/7?
  • Does this agency, and each individual agent have insurance in place?
  • Do you have a Patient Bill of Rights, or pamphlet that explains your services and related fees?
  • Does Medicare/Medicaid or my insurance company cover the cost of the home health aide services?

If you’re unsure on how you will finance your home health care, you can check with the following chart, Comparison of Benefits: Medicare or Medicaid.

Vermont Regulating Agencies and Resources

The information in this article was sourced from the following websites, which may also serve you further in your information search:

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