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WAC 388-825-370

What are the responsibilities of an individual or home care agency when employed to provide respite care, attendant care, or personal care services to a client?

An individual or home care agency employed to provide respite care, attendant care, or personal care services must:
(1) Understand the client's individual service plan or plan of care that is signed by the client or legal representative and social worker/case manager, and translated or interpreted, as necessary, for the client and the provider;
(2) Provide the services as outlined on the client's service plan, within the scope of practice in WAC 388-71-0215 and 388-71-0230;
(3) Accommodate client's individual preferences and differences in providing care, within the scope of the service plan;
(4) Contact the client's representative and case manager when there are changes which affect the personal care and other tasks listed on the service plan;
(5) Observe the client for change(s) in health, take appropriate action, and respond 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 if the client dies;
(8) Notify the department immediately when unable to staff/serve the client; and
(9) Notify the department when the individual or home care agency will no longer provide services. Notification to the client/legal guardian must:
(a) Give at least two weeks' notice, and
(b) Be in writing.
(10) Complete and keep accurate time sheets that are accessible to the social worker/case manager; and
(11) Comply with all applicable laws, regulations and contract requirements.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 71A.12.30 [71A.12.030] and Title 71A RCW. WSR 07-23-062, § 388-825-370, filed 11/16/07, effective 12/17/07. Statutory Authority: RCW 71A.12.030, 71A.12.120. WSR 05-17-135, § 388-825-370, filed 8/19/05, effective 9/19/05.]
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