Home Care Certification

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Effective January 1, 2014 – NCCAP has offered an HCC level of certification

Understanding the Home Care (Activity) Certification (HCC)

The Home Care industry is booming, and will only continue to grow in the near future.

Home is where the care is for a growing number of people in the United States. Industry growth has been fostered by an aging population, the prevalence of chronic disease, strengthening physician acceptance of home care and a continued movement toward cost-efficient treatment options from public and private payers.

Right now there is no national criterion for the qualifications of the individuals working in this profession. It can vary from agency to agency, with most holding at best a high school diploma or GED.

Home Health worker ( PC training) criteria varies from state to state as its built on a medical model of care to the client. The Home Care agencies, send their workers into the homes based on a social model of care. The need for a minimum criteria and training in this area is so imperative for the clients meaningful quality of life. Assessing the clients customary routine, learning about physical and psychosocial needs, assessing their functional and cognitive abilities and then being able to implement an individualized leisure program accordingly, as well as the ability to follow that client from the home care to their family care, or ADS etc will ensure more meaningful experiences.

The HCC criteria will require (as with all other levels of certification) the “hands on” experience working with a credible home care agency, the continuing education for continued learning, the core knowledge/training for this level of certification, and the high school diploma/GED. This is an entry level of certification that we hope will also encourage those individuals to pursue becoming certified activity assistants/directors in the future, after they get their foot in the door in the health care industry.

Requirements for HCC
– High School diploma/GED

– Completion of the Activities 101 (8) hour training course

– Six (6) months {1000 hours} of Home Care experience

– 20 hours of continuing education

Process –
Applicants will complete the HCC application form (in addition to the NCCAP application), sending the verification of the HS/GED, the Home Care experience, CE’s (per the NCCAP Standards) and certificate of completion of the Activities 101 (8) hour course. (That will be offered throughout the country from NCCAP pre-approved MEPAP instructors who also obtain their Activities 101 PRE-approval #).

***The Activities 101 training hours can also be applied toward a specialization

SPECIAL recognition goes out to ROS Therapy Systems for their Support and promotion of the HCC credential!