Agencies Must Prepare Therapists to Assign Aides to Patients

Posted on Friday, November 11, 2016 1:56 PM

According to the proposed Home Health Conditions of Participation (CoPs), each team will have the ability to determine whether or not the RN or therapist is suitable for assigning duties and performing aide supervisory visits. However, the current CoPs states that RNs are the clinicians’ main responsibility for aides.

The new CoPs will allow therapists to work closer with aides on the following areas: ambulation, transferring, activities of daily living (ADLs) and independent activities of daily living (IADLs).

The proposed CoPs stress the importance of matching the aide’s skills to the patient’s needs. Therefore, agencies need to provide aides with proper training in the areas that therapists have primary focus.

Additionally, supervisory visits of aides remain constant – no less frequently than every 14 days, and the aide does not have to be present. Now, the aide’s supervisor may be an RN or a therapist.

The following tips will help prepare for the aide services condition:
• Educate therapists about their expanded role with aides
• Make sure therapists understand the level of detail required in the aide assignment and that the aide can only do what is on the assignment
• Add skills to the aide competency evaluation related to the therapy tasks

For the full article, please see the November 14, 2016 Home Health Line Edition.

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