The home health aide training requirements in Indiana can be a bit confusing.
The purpose of this post at Health Aide Training Center is to look at the requirements needed and the next steps you can take to become a home health aide in Indiana.
First things first, and the reason for a lot of the confusion, is that there are both national and Indiana specific laws pertaining to becoming a home health aide.
Federally, there are requirements because a home health agency may deal with Medicare payments, a Federal program.
The Federal law says that in order to work as a home health aide at a certified Medicare facility, a home health aide must possess 75 hours of training, with at least 16 hours of clinical training.
In many states across the U.S., you must only get certification to become a home health aide if you work for a Medicare approved facility. However, in Indiana all home health aides must be certified, no matter what type of facility or agency they work at.
So, how do you get certified?
Requirements To Be A Home Health Aide In Indiana
To become a home health aide in Indiana, one must complete the same training requirements set in place on a national level (75 hours total, 16 hours clinical).
The Indiana State Department of Health licenses individual home health aides. Once you completed the training, you need to then complete the ISDH Home Health Aide Registration Program application. This will include a background check, as home health aides are often entering into a client’s home.
Where can you get HHA Training in Indiana?
The most common place home health aides get training in Indiana is through their employer. Home health agencies and facilities often provide this training at no cost to new hires.
The experience required to become a home health aide will differ at each agency. On a national level, there are no formal education requirements required, such as a high school diploma or it’s equivalent. However, different agencies may have different requirements. Therefore, it’s important to ask upfront what qualifications they look for in new hires.