Training Requirements for Unlicensed Personnel and Annual Training Requirements for All Home Care Workers

Training Requirements for Unlicensed Personnel and Annual Training Requirements for All Home Care Workers

Training Topics for Unlicensed Personnel

Minnesota home care laws require that training in certain topics be provided to all unlicensed personnel who provide home care services to Minnesotans. These topics include:

For all unlicensed personnel (basic and comprehensive licensees):

  • documentation requirements for all services provided; 

  • reports of changes in the client's condition to the supervisor designated by the home care provider;

  • basic infection control, including blood-borne pathogens;

  • maintenance of a clean and safe environment;

  • appropriate and safe techniques in personal hygiene and grooming, including:

    • hair care and bathing;

    • care of teeth, gums, and oral prosthetic devices;

    • care and use of hearing aids; and

    • dressing and assisting with toileting;

  • training on the prevention of falls for providers working with the elderly or individuals at risk of falls;

  • standby assistance techniques and how to perform them;

  • medication, exercise, and treatment reminders;

  • basic nutrition, meal preparation, food safety, and assistance with eating;

  • preparation of modified diets as ordered by a licensed health professional;

  • communication skills that include preserving the dignity of the client and showing respect for the client and the client's preferences, cultural background, and family;

  • awareness of confidentiality and privacy;

  • understanding appropriate boundaries between staff and clients and the client's family;

  • procedures to utilize in handling various emergency situations; and

  • awareness of commonly used health technology equipment and assistive devices.

For unlicensed personnel providing comprehensive home care services:

  • observation, reporting, and documenting of client status;

  • basic knowledge of body functioning and changes in body functioning, injuries, or other observed changes that must be reported to appropriate personnel;

  • reading and recording temperature, pulse, and respirations of the client;

  • recognizing physical, emotional, cognitive, and developmental needs of the client;

  • safe transfer techniques and ambulation;

  • range of motioning and positioning; and

  • administering medications or treatments as required.

Competency in the bolded topics must be demonstrated in a practical skills test. Competency in the other topics must be demonstrated in a written or oral test.

Training Requirements for All Home Care Staff Providing Direct Contact with Clients

  • must be trained and competent in the provision of home care services consistent with current practice standards appropriate to the client’s needs;

  • must be informed of the home care bill of rights;

  • must be trained and oriented to the provider’s emergency preparedness plan.

Annual Training for All Staff

Minnesota also requires that all staff that perform direct home care services must complete at least eight hours of annual training for each 12 months of employment. The training may be obtained from the home care provider or another source and must include topics relevant to the provision of home care services. The annual training must include:

  • training on the reporting of maltreatment of minors and vulnerable adults;

  • review of the home care bill of rights;

  • review of infection control techniques used in the home and implementation of infection control standards including

    • a review of hand-washing techniques;

    • the need for and use of protective gloves, gowns, and masks;

    • appropriate disposal of contaminated materials and equipment, such as dressings, needles, syringes, and razor blades;

    • disinfecting reusable equipment;

    • disinfecting environmental surfaces; and

    • reporting of communicable diseases.

  • Review of the provider’s policies and procedures relating to the provision of home care services and how to implement those policies and procedures.

Contractors and Temporary Staffing Agencies

If the home care provider has contracted with individual contractors or temporary staffing agencies who are otherwise excluded from licensure (per Minnesota Statutes 144A.471), the contractors or individuals providing home care services must meet the same requirements outlined above for personnel employed by the home care provider. In the case of temporary staff, these individuals will be treated as if they are staff of the home care provider.

Updated Thursday, December 17, 2015 at 03:09PM