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Home Care Agencies

Home care agencies provide non-medical services to ill, disabled, or vulnerable individuals, enabling them to maintain their highest level of independence and remain in their homes.

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Current Topics

Home Care Aide Certification

On November 8, 2011, the public voted Initiative 1163 (PDF) into law. The new law relates to requirements for long-term care worker training, background checks and certification as home care aides. The new requirements took effect January 7, 2012. See the department's Home Care Aide webpage for more information.

Elder and Vulnerable Adult Placement Referrals (ESHB 1494)

In 2011, the Washington State Legislature passed ESHB 1494, a bill that establishes the elder and vulnerable adult referral agency act. This law regulates elder and vulnerable adult referral agencies to ensure greater safety for adults living in residential long-term care facilities or receiving in-home services. Learn more about this law and the new regulations for elder and vulnerable adult referral agencies (PDF).

Vaccination is still the best protection against flu

Flu levels in Washington are low this time of year, according to the Washington State Department of Health, but healthcare providers shouldn’t take a break from emphasizing the importance of flu vaccine. Encourage annual vaccination to keep our state’s flu level as low as possible. You have a key role in preventing this life-threatening illness. Healthcare providers are the most trusted source of health information. A flu vaccine recommendation and offer from you makes a huge difference. Yearly flu vaccination is recommended for everyone 6 months and older. It’s especially important for those at high risk for flu-related complications. Remind patients to get a flu shot and to use good health manners to help stop the spread of respiratory illnesses.

Thank you for your continued effort to fight these diseases and protect those who are especially vulnerable. Remember to watch out for your own health, too, and keep your immunizations current. Find more flu information for healthcare professionals on our flu webpages, along with free education materials.