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Home Care Workers: Interstate Differences in Training Requirements and Their Implications for Quality

Journal Article
March 1, 2012

This article examines state laws to determine which states have licensing standards for home care agencies. The researchers note that, of the 29 states studied, 26 require an orientation period for new workers, while 15 require in-service training. The authors argue that core competencies such as infection control and basic medication information should be mandatory as part of home care worker training. They also argue for more frequent on-site supervision.

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Key Takeaways

There is significant variation among state laws for home care providers and worker training.
Current state training requirements should be expanded to include additional core competencies.
More frequent on-site supervision should be required.
 
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