Understand Training Requirements for Florida

What are we calling caregivers in this state?

  • Homemakers
  • Home Health Aides (HHAs)
  • Assisted Living Facility Staff
  • Direct Care Workers (for Alzheimer’s disease & related dementias)
  • Certified Nursing Assistant (CNAs)
  • Various nursing professionals

 

Number of hours to meet the requirement for initial onboarding training

  • Homemakers – do not have initial training or competency requirements.
  • Home Health Aides (HHAs) with state-licensed agencies – 40 hours
  • Home Health Aides (HHAs) with Medicare-certified agencies – 75 hours
  • Assisted Living Staff – hours specific to topic areas and job role
  • Direct Care Workers (DCW) for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD) – 2 hours
  • Certified Nursing Assistant (CNAs) – 120 hours

 

 

Number of hours to meet the requirement for annual training

  • Homemakers – do not have training or competency requirements.
  • Home Health Aides (HHAs) with state-licensed agencies – do not have an annual training requirement
  • Home Health Aides (HHAs) with Medicare-certified agencies – 12 hours
  • Assisted Living Staff – hours specific to topic areas and job role
  • Direct Care Workers (DCW) for ADRD – do not have an annual training requirement
  • Certified Nursing Assistant (CNAs) – 24 hours every 2 years

 

 

Caregivers can get the following training through CareAcademy

  • Home Health Aides (HHAs) who work for state-licensed agencies need 40 hours of initial training and do not have an annual training requirement.
  • Home Health Aides (HHAs) who work for CMS-certified agencies need 75 hours of initial training and 12 hours of annual training.
  • Direct Care Workers (DCWs) who work in home care or home health with clients who have Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias need to take 2 hours of training through an approved provider like CareAcademy (FL HH ADRD approval numbers 8955 and 8786). This includes HHAs and CNAs.
  • Certified Nursing Assistant (CNAs) need 12 hours of continuing education every year through an approved provider like CareAcademy (CE Broker approved provider number 50-22985).
  • Nursing Professionals need 24 hours of continuing education every 2 years which can be obtained through CareAcademy’s licensed ANCC approved CE.

 

 

What do you need to know about caregiver training requirements?

Caregiver training requirements are determined by the care setting in which they work. Care settings in Florida are licensed. The different license types in Florida include:

Adult Day Care Centers

Adult Family Care Homes

Assisted Living Facilities

Home Health Agencies and Hospice

Homemaker and Companion Service Providers

Important to know

Licensing Authorities

  • HHAs: Florida Department of Elder Affairs, Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) – Home Health Aides, Agency for Health Care Administration
  • DCWs: Florida Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA) designee, The Florida Policy Exchange Center on Aging (FPECA) University of South Florida (USF)

 

Which classes meet the requirements? 

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HHA initial training

Some required topics include:

  • Alzheimer’s and dementia
  • Assisting with self-administered medications
  • HIV/AIDS

A few CareAcademy class solutions

  • CARE0100 – What Does It Mean To Be A Professional Caregiver?
  • CARE0103 – Communicating with Older Adults
  • CARE0107 – Working with an Aging Population
  • CARE0515 – Assisting with Medication Self-Administration: Part 1
  • CARE1200 – Introduction to Dementia Care
  • CARE0513 – Overview of HIV/AIDS 
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Assisted Living Facility Staff Initial Training

Some required topics include:

  • How to provide for, and respond to, a client’s daily living needs.
  • How to report, prevent, and detect abuse and neglect.

 

A few CareAcademy class solutions

 

    • CARE0202 – Clients’ Rights, HIPAA & Elder Abuse Prevention
    • CARE0300 – Assisting with Personal Care Through ADLs
    • CARE0205 – Observation, Reporting & Documentation: Part 3

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    DCW training for Alzherimer’s disease and related dementias in Home Health

    A few, approved CareAcademy class solutions

    • CARE1200 – Introduction to Dementia Care
    • CARE1201 – Communicating with a Person with Dementia

     

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    CNA continuing education

    A few, approved CareAcademy class solutions

    • CARE0202 – Clients’ Rights, HIPAA & Elder Abuse Prevention
    • CARE0205 – Observation, Reporting & Documentation: Part 3
    • CARE0300 – Assisting with Personal Care Through ADL
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    Homemakers Initial and CE

    • Homemakers do not have training or competency requirements. CareAcademy has an entire class library with dozens of class options from which to choose! Please review the CareAcademy  full class list for a complete set of options to customize your caregiver’s training to address competencies and client-specific conditions.

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