The New Jersey Guide for at Home Health Care

I. New Jersey Regulations for Home Health Aide Workers

As required by the New Jersey Nursing Practice Act, the New Jersey Board of Nursing is charged the responsibility of enforcing the strict regulations for home health aides. Their mandated duties are:

  • Issuing certification after the completion of the required training and a job is guaranteed by a licensed home care agency. The aide is responsible for renewing his or her certification every 2 years.
  • To perform background checks on prospective home health aides seeking certification or recertification.
  • Provide the proper training materials and curriculum for HHA programs to ensure a proper educational experience.
  • Registered Professional Nurses are required by law to review a Certified Homemaker-Home Health Aide’s implemented plan of care.
  • Certified HHAs must be placed in an up-to-date registry maintained by the NJ Board of Nursing.

II. How To Get Trained and Certified as a Home Health Aide in New Jersey

You’re required to complete 76 hours of training. This includes 60 hours inside of a classroom environment and 16 hours in a clinical environment. After you complete the training process and fill out the certification packet, your school’s program will send it to the state for verification, along with a $70 application fee.

The agency or school will retain a list which deems you fit to be a certified Homemaker-Home Health Aide. You can then be put to work conditionally while your background check clears and, eventually, you’ll receive your certificate. A registered professional nurse will review your standard of care you’ve giving to your patients and will ensure that you’re complying with the provisions written in the New Jersey Administrative Code.

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

Use an online directory to find the proper agency in your county. The Division of Consumer Affairs in New Jersey offers a listing of registered agencies throughout the state. The information provided includes the name, address, and phone number of reputable establishments.

IV. How to Choose Your NJ Home Health Aide

The CHHHA helps the registered nurse in any way they can with their patients’ needs. This means they must:

  • Keep the patient’s room tidy
  • Prepare meals and feed the patient in necessary
  • Wash and dress them
  • Aide them in the washroom
  • Occasionally laundering the patient’s clothes
  • Exercising the patient as required
  • Running errands

They will not be required to regularly do laundry, cook or shop for their patients. Certified Housemaker-Home Health Aides may not work privately without an agency in New Jersey.

V. New Jersey HHA Regulating Agencies

Home health aide agencies in NJ are regulated by the Division of Consumer Affairs’ Regulated Business Section. The certified Homemaker-Home Health Aides that they employ are regulated by the Board of Nursing. Feel free to contact them at (973) 504-6546 for more information regarding certification statuses.

New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs

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