As most people in government and health care sectors understand, the demand for in-home care support services is increasing, and will continue to do so for many years. While the industry itself is gripped with challenges, not the least of which involves relatively low wages for high stress work, it also doesn’t offer the kind of advancement available in other fields.
Now, a New York State law will provide this opportunity for men and women to advance their skills and begin providing more acute care for people within the comfort of their homes. New York’s Department of Education and Department of Health can now move forward with the development of regulations that will clearly outline what services may be provided to clients in need of support at home.
As noted by the New York Department of Health website, in a blog, New York State Authorizes Advanced Home Health Aides, Enabling More New Yorkers to Live [w]ith Dignity [i]n [T]heir Homes and Communities:
“State Education Commissioner Mary Ellen Elia said, “By allowing authorized home health aides to provide expanded services to patients in home care settings, the AHHA legislation fills a known gap in care. We hope that this will result in substantial patient benefit. It is important that health care workers provide services at the top of their proficiencies, and this bill can enable that to happen.Our Department, as well as the Department of Health, will work to develop regulations and guidelines to ensure that the most appropriate services are provide only by adequately trained personnel.”
Home health care aides will no longer be relegated to simply offering basic support services to men and women at home. They will now have the opportunity to advance their skills, potentially including administering basic, pre-filled medications, and so on. They will be under the direct supervision of a registered professional nurse, and where some seniors and disabled adults would have been required to rely on a home care aide for physical and emotional support and a visiting nurse of direct medical care, these workers may now be able to acquire the training and skills necessary to offer both, under the purview of the new law.
According to advocates of this legislation, it will afford those who need direct care have access to better support services and receive assistance, when needed, for the administering of proper medications. This aims to provide a safer option for men and women who struggle with basic necessities at home, along with taking medications they need regularly.
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