TITLE 77: PUBLIC HEALTH
CHAPTER I: DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH
SUBCHAPTER b: HOSPITALS AND AMBULATORY CARE FACILITIES
PART 245 HOME HEALTH, HOME SERVICES, AND HOME NURSING AGENCY CODE
SECTION 245.71 QUALIFICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS FOR HOME SERVICES WORKERS


 

Section 245.71  Qualifications and Requirements for Home Services Workers

 

a)         Each agency shall ensure and shall maintain documentation in the home services worker's employee file that all persons employed or providing services as an in-home services worker, and who are not otherwise licensed, certified or registered in accordance with Illinois law to render this care, comply with the following conditions:

 

1)         Does not have a disqualifying background check under the requirements of the Health Care Worker Background Check Act without a waiver;

 

2)         Has a copy of his or her Social Security card; and

 

3)         Has a visa or proof of citizenship in compliance with federal requirements for employment.

 

b)         Each placement agency shall require proof that the home service worker has completed a minimum of eight hours of training prior to his or her first assignment.  The training shall include all of the items noted in subsection (d).

 

c)         Each home services agency shall provide or arrange for a minimum of eight hours of training for each home services worker.  Four hours of training shall be provided prior to the home services worker's first assignment, and the remaining four hours shall be provided within the worker's first 30 days after employment.  The training shall include the components of subsections (d)(1) through (12).  The home services agency may accept proof that the worker has successfully completed a training program at or through another licensed home services agency within the prior year (previous 365 days) in lieu of providing or arranging for training, including a home health aide who is approved on the Health Care Worker Registry. The agency shall give the home health aide a competency evaluation prior to his or her first assignment.  The home services agency shall not give a worker an assignment until the worker has first passed a competency evaluation given by the agency of the topics included in the first four hours of training.  The competency evaluation shall ensure that the home services worker is competent to provide the services required in his or her first assignment.  The worker shall be similarly tested following the remaining four hours of training.

 

d)         The placement agency may accept proof that the worker has successfully completed a training program at or through another licensed home services agency within the prior year (previous 365 days).  The home services placement agency shall not give a worker an assignment until the worker has first passed a competency evaluation given by the agency.  The competency evaluation shall ensure that the home services worker is competent to provide the services required in his or her assignment.  The competency evaluation or proof of prior training at a licensed home services agency within the prior year shall address each of the following subjects:

 

1)         The employee's job responsibilities and limitations;

 

2)         Communication skills in areas such as with persons who are hard of hearing, have dementia, or have other special needs;

 

3)         Observing, reporting and documenting client status and the service furnished, including changes in functional ability and mental status demonstrated by the client;

 

4)         Performing personal care tasks for clients, including:  bathing; skin care; hair care; nail care; mouth care; shaving; dressing; feeding; assistance with ambulation; exercise and transfers; positioning; toileting; and medication reminding;

 

5)         Assisting in the use of specific adaptive equipment, such as a mechanical lifting device, if the worker will be working with clients who use the device;

 

6)         Basic hygiene and basic infection control practices;

 

7)         Maintaining a clean, safe and healthy environment;

 

8)         Basic personal and environmental safety precautions;

 

9)         Recognizing emergencies and knowledge of emergency procedures, including basic first aid and implementation of a client's emergency preparedness plan;

 

10)        Confidentiality of client's personal, financial and health information;

 

11)        Behaviors that would constitute abuse or neglect and the legal prohibitions against these behaviors, as well as knowledge and understanding of abuse and neglect prevention and reporting requirements; and

 

12)        Any other task that the agency may choose to have the worker perform.

 

e)         All home services workers shall complete a minimum of eight hours of training during each year of employment to maintain placement availability, based on either a calendar year or an anniversary date basis, whichever is selected by the agency.  The initial eight hours of training required in subsection (c) shall satisfy the annual training requirement for the home services worker's first year of employment.  The annual training can include self-study courses with demonstration of learned concepts that are applicable to the employee's responsibilities.  Training shall include:

 

1)         Promoting client dignity, independence, self-determination, privacy, choice and rights;

 

2)         Disaster procedures;

 

3)         Hygiene and infection control; and

 

4)         Abuse and neglect prevention and reporting requirements.

 

f)         All training shall be documented with the date of the training; the length of time spent on each training topic; instructors and their qualifications; short description of content; and staff member's signature.

 

(Source:  Amended at 39 Ill. Reg. 16406, effective December 10, 2015)