NAHC Private Duty Home Care Certification: Key Updates

NAHC introduced the new NAHC Private Duty Home Care Certification program in November 2020 and we are excited to share that we are already actively reviewing applications!

Since its unveiling, we have already made updates based on feedback from industry leaders, leading to an expansion of required standards and elements. We encourage you to review the requirements closely as well as apply.  

BACKGROUND

The nation’s private duty home care nursing and personal care services community fulfills a unique and essential purpose in modern life. Private duty home care provides critical, quality home-based care and living support services for individuals young and old, helping them live full, independent, and connected lives in the comfort of wherever they call home. 

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) seeks to empower organizations to meet evolving needs and consistently deliver the highest quality of private duty and personal care services through leadership, education, advocacy, and innovation. We foster collaboration among our members, business partners, and affiliate associations to rise to meet this goal and to set the standard for excellence in practice today and for the future.

Founded in 1982, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is the largest and most well-respected professional trade association in the United States serving as the unified voice of home care and hospice. NAHC represents the nation’s 33,000 home care and hospice providers, along with the more than two million nurses, therapists, and aides they employ. These caregivers provide vital services to Americans who are aged, disabled, and ill. Some 12 million patients depend on home care and hospice providers, who depend on NAHC for the best in advocacy, education, and information. NAHC is a nonprofit organization that helps its members maintain the highest standards of care. Achieving Private Duty Home Care Certification through NAHC establishes your agency as a committed and dedicated provider of quality private duty nursing and personal care services with the backing of a prestigious, leading, national association.

PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT 

The standards of certification were developed by private duty home care industry leaders. Many of these leaders serve on the NAHC Private Duty Home Care Advisory Board, Advocacy Council, and NAHC Board of Directors. In addition, the NAHC Private Duty Home Care Certification Program has been modeled after elements within the NAHC Private Duty Accreditation program, and successful state certification programs in Massachusetts and California developed by the California Association for Health Services at Home and the Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts.

CERTIFICATION STANDARDS

Private Duty Home Care Certification requires each agency location to conduct a comprehensive examination relating to nineteen (19) separate but interrelated aspects of business and operations. Agency locations are required to submit documentation and an attestation statement showing adherence to all Certification program standards in each category to be reviewed by dedicated private duty home care staff at the NAHC.

BENEFITS OF CERTIFICATION

Through NAHC Private Duty Home Care Certification, agency locations demonstrate that they meet high standards of quality, safety, and credibility, practicing at the top of the industry.

To learn more about the program please visit Private Duty Home Care Certification – National Association for Home Care & Hospice (nahc.org) or email PDCertification@nahc.org