Deadline Looms for Ohio Nonmedical Home Health/Personal Care Licensure

Agencies must have completed applications by October 1 to comply with Ohio law.

Ohio’s non-medical home health/personal care agencies that are now required to be licensed must submit their complete licensing applications to the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) by October 1.

Agencies must have applications with ODH by this deadline, along with a $250 non-refundable application fee to be in compliance with the laws of Ohio.

In addition to agencies providing non-medical home health/personal care, those providing qualified home health care and non-government providers of non-medical home health/personal care services must be licensed by October 1st.

Anyone who operates an outpatient care service or provides outpatient care without having submitted the application by the deadline can be prosecuted.

Non-physician home health care facilities that provide these services in a person’s home must be licensed, according to the ODH:

  • Practical assistance with activities such as bathing, dressing, going to the toilet and walking.
  • Assistance in managing the private household and dealing with personal matters.
  • Assistance with self-administration of medication.
  • Housekeeping services including meal preparation, feeding assistance, mail and laundry.
  • Catheter care but no insertion.
  • Relief services for the caregiver.
  • Errands done away from the person’s presence, such as picking up prescriptions and groceries.

Carol Davis is the Nursing Editor at HealthLeaders, a brand of HCPro.

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