Looking for home health aide training in Alabama?
This article at Health Aide Training Center will tell you all you need to know about getting the proper training.
To start, it’s important to understand how the training of home health aides work both on a national and a local level.
There are Federal requirements that home health aides must obtain in order to work at a certified Medicare facility. The training requirements are 75 hours of training, including 16 hours of clinical on the job training. Plus, all certified home health aides must pass a competency exam.
If you work for an agency that isn’t Medicare certified, you then look to the state laws pertaining to licensing of home health aides.
Alabama HHA Training Requirements
In Alabama there is no requirement that home health aides must be certified before beginning to work. By law, you’re only required to get certified if you’re working at a Medicare approved facility.
Ironically, even though Alabama doesn’t certify home health aides, The Alabama Department of Public Health’s Bureau of Home & Community Services division operates a Medicare-certified home health program.
By completing this program, you can become a certified home health aide and even work for the state of Alabama. With this program readily available to Alabama citizens, even though it’s not required, it’s highly recommended.
Plus, by working for the state you’ll also be eligible for benefits, which many home health agencies don’t offer.
Your other choices are to get training from a local community college or a home health care agency. Since home health aides are in high demand, many agencies will offer this training at no cost to new hires.
Shelton State is an example of a local college that offers a Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide program. The advantage of going to a formal school for training is that:
- The Certified Nursing Assistant or CNA program, will allow you to work in more positions within the health sevices field.
- It’s easier to move up in the health services field, as by completing a formal program you may then apply for additional training to get more credentials.