Adapted from the AIG Home Health Edition: The home health aide screening process is one of the most important steps in hiring a home health aide. The following activities can help to assure that the right person is hired.
1. Review the completed employment application.
3. Conduct an in-depth personal interview.
4. Verify the applicant’s active status on the state’s nurse aide registry (and ongoing prior to expiration, if applicable).
5. Verify the completion of a basic training program in home health aide services.
6. Verify employment references and work history.
7. Conduct professional and personal reference checks.
8. Conduct a criminal background check (minimally, state-based).
9. Review the Office of Inspector General’s List of Excluded Individuals/Entities (http://exclusions.oig.hhs.gov).
10. Perform a health screening as specified by organizational policy or state law/regulation.
11. Verify that the applicant possesses:
• A sympathetic attitude toward the care of the sick (personal interview)
• The maturity and ability needed to deal effectively with the demands of the job
• The ability to read, write and carry out directions (written competency
• Proof of successful completion of a home health aide training program as
required by applicable law, state and/or federal regulations (active status on state
nurse aide registry or verification of training, written examination and
demonstration of competency)