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training requirements for Kentucky

Regulatory Bodies

Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Department for Aging and Independent Living (DAIL)
Kentucky Board of Nursing
Kentucky Board of Home Inspectors

Federal: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which is a federal agency within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

  • Personal Care Aides (PCA)
  • Home Health Aides (HHA)
  • Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA)
  • Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN)

State Specific Training Requirements

  • For PCAs in Kentucky, there is no specific annual training requirement. However, the state does require that home health agencies provide ongoing training for all employees, including PCAs, as part of their Quality Improvement program. The topics covered in this training may vary but are typically related to skills and tasks performed by PCAs, such as infection control, basic nutrition, communication skills, and client rights and safety.
  • HHA annual training addresses the following topics: Basic nursing skills; Infection control; Medication administration and management; Communication skills; Client rights and confidentiality; Safety in the home; Documentation and record-keeping; End-of-life care; Cultural diversity and sensitivity; and other topics related to the care of clients in the home setting.
  • It is important to note that the specific designations and requirements for home and health care workers in Kentucky may vary depending on the type of services being provided, the setting in which those services are provided, and other factors. Some home and health care agencies may require additional training or certifications beyond the minimum state requirements, depending on the specific services they provide and the needs of their clients.
  • Therefore, it’s important for home and health care providers and agencies to check with their employer or a Kentucky-approved training program to determine any additional training requirements that may apply to their job.

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