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WAC 388-71-0516

What are the responsibilities of home care agency when providing care to a client?

In providing care to a client, a home care agency must:
(1) Ensure that the assigned home care agency long-term care worker(s) understands the client's plan of care that is signed by the client or legal representative, and which may be translated or interpreted, as necessary for the client;
(2) Provide tasks from services outlined in a client's plan of care, as described in WAC 388-106-0010;
(3) Accommodate the client's individual preferences and unique needs in providing care;
(4) Contact the client, client's representative and case manager when there are changes observed by the assigned home care agency long-term care worker that affect the personal care and other tasks listed on the plan of care;
(5) Ensure that the assigned home care agency long-term care worker(s) observes the client for and consults with the client or representative, regarding change(s) in health, takes appropriate action, and responds to emergencies;
(6) Notify the case manager immediately when the client enters a hospital, or moves to another setting;
(7) Notify the case manager immediately in the event of the client's death;
(8) Notify the department or AAA immediately when unable to staff/serve the client;
(9) Notify the department or AAA when the home care agency will no longer provide services and the home care agency must:
(a) Give at least two weeks' notice; and
(b) Notify the client or the client's representative in writing; and
(c) Notify the case manager.
(10) Comply with time keeping requirements, and keep accurate time sheets of authorized/paid hours that are accessible to the appropriate department or designee staff; under WAC 388-106-0130, the department does not pay for shared benefit(s) or voluntary informal support that may be provided to the client by anyone, including providers; and
(11) Comply with all applicable laws and regulations.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 74.08.090, 74.09.520. WSR 13-02-023, ยง 388-71-0516, filed 12/20/12, effective 1/20/13.]
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