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11 Screening Activities Before Hiring Home Health Aides

Posted by Melissa Cott on Jan 27, 2022

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

  2. Review the results of the aide's written competency examinationDownload the HHA  Competency Practice Test

  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

  img-screening-activities-18. 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
(personal interview)
•  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)

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