Welcome to the Washington Home Care Association
WAHCA was formed in 2005 to advance the field of Home Care in Washington State and support member home care agencies. WAHCA is the state chapter of the Home Care Association of America (HCAOA)
What We Do
- Protect seniors by setting high industry best-practice standards
- Educate the public about home care benefits, uses, and resources
- Advocate in Olympia for our client families and our members
- Coordinate with and educate other health care providers regarding home care
- Provide connection, support, education, and training opportunities for members and the community
What are the requirements to be a WAHCA member caregiver?
To be able to work for a WAHCA member agency, all candidates for employment must:
- Be able to work legally in the United States
- Possess a Department of Health credential such as a CNA, NAC, NAR, or HCA credential.
- Must be able to pass a DSHS BCCU background check with no disqualifying offenses against vulnerable adults or children.
- Must have completed or are registered to complete the required testing and education for obtaining license if not already completed prior to application.
- Must complete 12 hours of continuing credits each year
- Must pass all agency specific requirements, background checks, credentialing, and orientation requirements.
Definitions of Care
Home Care is confused sometimes with Medicare Certified Home Health. Home Health is physician ordered treatment by a nurse and/or therapist for a period of 60 days for those who are home bound and is subject to Medicare rules and guidelines.
Home Care can be contracted by the client and does not require a physician approval. The Home Care agency will assess the client and develop a customized care plan that meets the specific needs of the client and their family that may include, but not be limited to the following elements:
- Personal Care
- Medication Assistance
- Meal Preparation
- Light Housekeeping
- Pet Walking and Care