The unique aspect of home health aide training in Utah is that the State of Utah doesn’t mention home health aides specifically in any laws. Instead, the State of Utah heavily regulates home health agencies.
In Utah, a home health agency is:
Home health agencies include institutionally based home care programs, freestanding public and proprietary home health agencies, and any subdivision of an organization, public agency, hospital, or nursing home licensed to provide intermittent part-time services or full-time private duty services to patients in their place of residences.
Next, it’s important to know that there are two types of home health agencies.
There are home health agencies which accept Medicare/Medicaid (known as CMSs) and agencies who don’t. If you choose to work at a home health agency that accepts Medicare/Medicaid, it’s required to complete 75 hours of training, with at least 16 being clinical. Keep in mind, this is a Federal law, not a state law.
No matter what type of home health agency you work for, it will offer a training program that meets the Federal or State of Utah standards. Therefore, no experience is necessarily required to work at either type of facility.
Certified Nursing Aide Training In Utah
The downside of having a formal training program for home health aides, is that it’s difficult to move up in the field. If you plan on being in this field for an extended period of time, it may make sense to pursue a certification like the Certified Nursing Aide or CNA.
Having your CNA will allow you to work in more types of health facilities and will typically come with an increase in pay. In addition, it will be easier to move up in the health services field.
CNA courses are available at most community and local vocational schools throughout Utah.