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Open Your Home and Your Heart

Getting Your Home Ready

The home must be free from health and fire hazards and must have a working smoke detector on each floor and at least one approved fire extinguisher. Square footage requirement of 200 square feet of living space per person, including host home resident and family, must be met. The home shall have a telephone that is accessible at all times. The home shall have an adequate first aid kit. Medications must be kept in locked storage. Firearms and ammunition must be securely locked separately from one another. Companion Care Providers shall have a written plan of action for emergencies and disasters. The home needs to be constructed and maintained in a safe and healthy manner. Requirements may differ by state.

Training

All providers must pass background checks and receive training in:

  • First Aid, CPR, and medication administration
  • Infection Control Training
  • Special Needs Orientation
  • Abuse / Neglect Training (Annually)
  • TaskMaster Pro or Therap Training
  • Family Dynamics Training
  • Medicaid Fraud
  • Acknowledgment of restraint
  • Other Training as needed

Pets

Dogs and cats should have current immunizations with documentation on file. Pet areas should be kept clean and sanitary.

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