Home health agencies are regulated by the Arizona Department of Health Services, Division of Licensing. Qualified agencies must comply with the requirements in 9 AAC 10, Article 11 in order to become licensed by the state.
How to Become a Home Health Aide in Arizona
Certification is not required for home health aides working in Arizona. However, aides working for an agency will need to meet that agency’s specific qualifications. Keep in mind many agencies provide on-the-job training.
Working for a Medicare-Certified Agency
Home health aides working in Medicare-certified facilities will need to meet federal regulations, which requires:
- Completion of a training programs consisting of at least 75 hours of training relating to home health
- Training must including at least 16 hours of supervised practical or clinical training
- Passing a competency evaluation on home health skills
- 12 hours of annual continuing education
The home health aide training program must cover activities of daily living, nutrition, maintaining a clean environment, basic infection control, reading and recording temperatures, personal hygiene, and patient rights.
Aides working in an agency will be supervised by a nurse who will provide written instructions for patient care and also must visit the home health aide’s patients’ homes every 62 day to ensure adequate care is being provided.
Become a CNA in Arizona
While not required by the state, some agencies may prefer home health aides to be certified nursing assistants (CNA). This certification is provided by the Arizona Board of Nursing. Certification involves a training program (typically over the course of 5-10 weeks, and 75-120 hours of training). After you complete the program and pass the certification exam, you’re considered a certified nursing assistant by the state. For more information on becoming a CNA, visit the Arizona Board of Nursing’s CNA Program information.
Find an Arizona Home Health Aide Job
To find employment with a home health agency, the following popular online job boards can be helpful in your search:
- Indeed Home Health Aide Jobs
- Simply Hired Home Health Aide Jobs
- NursingJobs.org Home Health Aide Jobs
How to Find a Home Health Aide in Arizona
Before you begin your search, have a clear idea of the types of services you’re looking for, how you will be paying (Medicare/Medicaid, private insurance, out of pocket), and whether you want to use an agency or independent provider.
Using an online directory is an efficient way to find a provider based on your area, service needs, and payment preferences. The Arizona Department of Health Services maintains a database of health care providers in the state. Arizona Association for Home Care’s list of home health providers, grouped by city. Medicare Home Health Compare lets you find Medicare-certified home health care providers in your area
Another good resource is checking the Yellow Pages under “Nurse Registries”, “Aging” or “Senior Services” to find home health providers. You can also consider running a classified ad in the newspaper for a home health aide, where you can specify your exact needs.
How to Choose an Arizona HHA
Once you’ve narrowed down your options, it’s time to dig deeper to find the best match for your home health needs. It’s not only important to find a home health care provider who is compassionate and competent, but you’ll also want to be sure you hire an agency or individual complying with state and federal requirements. Below are some questions to help you during your search.
Questions for Home Health Agencies:
- Do you hold a valid license with the state? (This is required)
- Are you Medicare certified? (This means the agency meets the requirements for participation in Medicare; home health aides will require more in-depth training)
- How do you select and training home health aides?
- Will home health aides be given a plan of care from a supervisor? (This is required)
- How often will a supervising nurse be visiting the patient’s home? (This is required every 62 days)
- Do you have any doctors or patients who I can get in touch with for feedback on your agency?
You can also search for a given agency on the ADHS Facility search form, which will show any deficiencies the department has found against an agency.
Arizona Home Health Resources
Visit the following online sources, used in compiling this article, to learn more about home health in Arizona:
- Arizona Department of Health Services Office of Medical Facilities Licensing
- Arizona Association for Home Care
- Rules for Home Health Agency Licensing
For more information about home health licensing in Arizona, contact:
Division of Licensing
150 N. 18th Avenue,
Phoenix, AZ 85007