|Utah Home Health Care Agencies
(Skilled In-Home Health Care)
The State of Utah defines a "Home Health
Agency" as an organization which provides
skilled nursing and other health and medical
services at the patient's place of residence. The
State of Utah Department of Health grants,
oversees and disciplines Home Health Agencies;
rules and regulations pertaining to Utah Home
Health Agencies are cited in Utah Administrative
Code: Rule 432-700.
Provision of Services
Skilled services provided by Home Health
Agencies are to be directed and supervised by a
licensed practitioner and must be authorized by a
physician. Nursing services are to be assessed, dispensed and supervised by a registered
nurse. All other related health services (Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, etc.) should be
approved and dispensed by the appropriated certified or licensed practitioner. (See Utah
In-Home Care section for information on non-medical in-home care regulations.)
Home Health Agency Administrator
The Administrator of a Utah Home Health Agency is required to have one year of managerial or
supervisory experience. The administrator must designate in writing a qualified person to be
responsible for administrative duties in the administrator's absence. In addition to the various
duties involving general administration of a Home Health Agency, the administrator is responsible
for appointing a registered nurse, physician or other licensed health care professional as the
general supervisor, coordinator and director of provided services. Additionally, the administrator
has the responsibility of appointing a registered nurse as the agency's Director of Nursing.
Home Health Agency Services
Nursing Services: All agency-provided nursing services are supervised the registered nurse
who is the agency's Director of Nursing Services.
Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) Services: All services provided by an agency-assigned CNA are
supervised by a registered nurse and within the scopes of both the approved patient care plan
and authorized duties of a Certified Nurse Aide. (make beds; nail care; opening medication bottle
caps or containers; simple diagnostic activities; emergency first aid; change of dry dressings; etc.)
Personal Care Aides: The Personal Care Aides deployed by the Home Health Agency function
under the supervision of the agency's Director of Nursing and provide non-medical services to
the patient. A more detailed explanation of approved Personal Care Aide Services and
qualifications can be found in the Utah Personal Care Service Agency section.
Therapy Services: Physical Therapy, Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Nutrition
Therapy are all to be provided by an appropriately licensed or certified health care professional
working for or contracted by the Home Health Agency.
Social Services: Medical Social Services are to be provied by a Certified Social Worker (CSW)
or a Social Service Worker (SSW) within the parameters of the plan of care. The social worker is
responsible for helping other HHA team membes understand the emotional factors involved in a
patient's health problem(s) as well as utilizing community resources towards the welfare of the
patient and to assist in the development of the patient's plan of care.
For more information on these topics as well as other aspects of Utah Home Health Agencies,
such as Health Surveillance; Patient's Rights; Physician's Orders; Confidentiality; Emergency and
After-Hours Care; Penalties; Medical Supplies and Equipment; and more, visit the State of Utah
Department of Health website at www.health.utah.gov.
|Featured Home Health Care Agencies
Southern Utah Home Care & Hospice is a Home Health
Agency headquartered in St. George. In operation since
1990, Southern Utah Home Care enjoys a current BBB
rating of "A+". Southern Utah Home Care provides its
patients with a range of services, including skilled nursing
services; rehabilitative therapies; hospice care; oxygen and
other DME (durable medical equipment); palliative care;
pain and symptom control; and much, much
more. Southern Utah Home Care recently joined the Professional Healthcare (Headquarters:
Walnut Creek, CA) family of health care providers.
640 E 700 S, Suite 101, St. George, UT 84770 | (800) 748-4667
Midas Creek Home Health, operating out of South Jordan, Utah
is a home health care agency serving the greater Salt Lake City
area since 2006. Midas Creek Home Health is an accredited BBB
member with a current "A" rating. Services include skilled nursing;
rehabilitative therapies (PT, OT, ST, MSW); medication set-up; IV
therapy; wound care; catheter care; blood draws; and
much, much more. Additionally, Midas Creek Home Health provides and array of specialty
services such as Diabetes Management; Total Joint Replacement Rehab Program; Safe Steps
Fall Prevention Program and a Cardiac Program.
2893 West 11770 South, South Jordan, UT 84095 | (801) 302-8256