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340:105-10-91. Homemaker service standards

Revised 9-15-22

(a) Policy.  The homemaker service provides assistance to persons 60 years of age or older with:

(1) preparing a meal;

(2) shopping for personal items;

(3) using the telephone; or

(4) doing light housework, which is limited to:

(A) dusting;

(B) vacuuming;

(C) mopping floors;

(D) cleaning bathroom and kitchen;

(E) making beds; and

(F) maintaining safe environment.

(b) Authority.  The authority for this Section is the Federal Register Office of Management and Budget Notice of Action 0985-0008 and Section 1321.11 of Title 45 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

(c) Procedures.  The requirements for implementing the homemaker service standards are outlined in this subsection.

(1) The Area Agency on Aging:

(A) incorporates the homemaker service standards into the Title III policies and procedures manual;

(B) provides technical assistance to homemaker service providers regarding the standards; and

(C) utilizes the standards as an indicator in service provider proposal evaluation and in assessment of funded projects.

(2) The service provider:

(A) verifies, by completing Title III Program Registration, participants who receive homemaker services have:

(i) functional, physical, or mental impairments, or limitations preventing them from providing the service for themselves; and

(ii) an unavailable or insufficient informal support network, for example, family, friends, or neighbors, capable of meeting their needs;

(B) initiates a written service plan for each participant based on Title III Program Registration results;

(C) ensures all staff receives in-service training at least twice each fiscal year specifically designed to increase their knowledge and understanding of the program and participants and to improve their skills at service provision tasks.  Comprehensive records identifying dates of training and topics covered are maintained in each employee's personnel file.  An individualized in-service training plan is developed for each staff, when performance evaluations indicate a need;

(D) conducts home visits to each participant at least twice each fiscal year to evaluate service provision; and

(E) checks references on all homemakers.

(d) Cross references.  See Oklahoma Administrative Code 340:105-10-50.1(a)(2), and 340:105-10-51.

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