Background checks for home health care workers are necessary because home health care workers are expected to be respectable, professional, and trustworthy when entering the home of someone who is unable to care for themselves. It is imperative in this day and age to conduct background checks on home health care workers due to their expanding responsibilities of patient care and safety. Because of the level of trust normally instilled in people who enter the homes of others, these types of background checks must be completed a certain way. For most of us, it may seem like common sense to have such an individual’s background checked who may be entering a loved one’s home. Interestingly enough, not all states do in fact require these checks to be conducted. If this practice were to be adopted by the more than 33,000 home health care agencies in the United States today, we may see supposedly qualified individuals with burglary, theft, domestic violence, and other assault related charges that may currently be going unnoticed. Unfortunately, we see more cases of the elderly being abused by those who are meant to care for them. Utilizing these background checks will help prevent such abuse from occurring in the future.
With more than 12 million people in our society needing some form of home health care today, more and more non-licensed personnel are being recruited to become Home Health Aides. The main responsibility of a home health aide is to help the elderly or disabled with day to day tasks in their home rather than living in a nursing home or health care facility. Background checks for home health aides, in addition to those conducted on licensed medical professionals, are an important factor to be taken into consideration in the hiring process. With companies searching for more cost-efficient ways to provide simple care for their patients, we are beginning to see a rise in the need for non-licensed individuals in many home health care agencies. Due to this incline, it is imperative to conduct a background check on non-licensed individuals as well as licensed individuals to get a better understanding of their character.
Because safety is always the number one concern, all home health care employees should undergo a background screening. Listed below are a few examples of medical professionals who commonly travel to the homes of patients:
While there are no federal guidelines for home health care background checks, the requirements vary by the state. Be sure to first check your state’s requirements for a valid, up-to-date background screening. Below we have compiled a list of searches we recommend you take into consideration.
We are real live investigators who are experienced in searching and collecting the correct data per individual. There is no “one package” that we offer to any of our clients. In fact, we allow you to customize the package depending on your needs. We provide you with suggestions as to which searches would be helpful but ultimately, it is all in your hands as to what kind of searches you would like to be completed on the applicants. We are also a licensed a CRA that abides by all FCRA requirements. Candidates who receive a background check which includes a credit history or other financial information will be treated in accordance with credit reporting laws within that state. Our friendly team is available by phone to help answer your questions in regard to completing your home health care background check and streamlining the hiring process.
When hiring an individual to become a part of your home health care agency, be sure to contact us for the best screening options available. Whether the applicant you would like to be screened is a licensed medical professional or a home health aide, our services allow for varied levels and degrees of background check options to meet your needs and help you in hiring the most qualified and best fit to become a part of your team.