The training requirements for HHAs include:
1. Classroom and supervised practical training totaling at least 75 hours, with at least 16 hours devoted to supervised practical training.
2. The individual being trained must complete at least 16 hours of classroom training before beginning the supervised practical training.
3. Home health aides must also pass a competency evaluation.
WV Bureau of Medical Services runs a Home Health Program (Home Health Services) that provides medically necessary and appropriate services such as skilled nursing, home health aide, physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, other therapeutic services, and nutritional services to persons in their place of residence on a part-time or intermitted basis. These services are provided by a Medicaid enrolled home health agency. For more information contact Program Manager, Lillie Clay (304) 356-4840. More details can be accessed here
How to locate an approved home health agency
The WV Home Care Association represents nursing facilities in the state. You can search for Home Health Agencies in your city by clicking the link below:
Approximately 4,410 people were employed as Home health aides in West Virginia in 2015.
Hourly Rate - Home health aides earned between $8.18/hour and $10.86/hour in 2015 (average rate was $9.19/hour)
Annual Salary - The annual salary ranged between $17,020 and $22,590 (average annual wage was $19,110)
Source - Bureau of Labor Statistics
In-home care services in West Virginia are classified as either “home health” or “personal care.” Home health may include skilled nursing services overseen by a supervising nurse, while personal care is strictly assistance with non-medical activities of daily living.
Home health care agencies are licensed by The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Services Bureau for Public Health’s Office of Health Facility Licensure and Certification.