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Background Checks for Home Health Aides

Home health aides work in the homes of individuals who are unable to care for themselves because of age, illness, or disability. They work with vulnerable people and often without direct supervision. For these reasons, it is important that applicants for home health aide positions undergo rigorous background checks.

Employers should ask a job candidate to provide his or her Social Security number. A background check will verify that the Social Security number provided is valid. This information will be used to verify a worker’s identity and employment eligibility.

A background check will also include a check of the applicant’s criminal history. Since home health aides work in the homes of people who are often elderly or disabled without direct supervision, there is the potential for theft or abusive or violent behavior. A criminal background check can identify job applicants who have a history of such behavior so the employer can make an informed decision about whether or not to hire them. It may be necessary for the applicant to submit fingerprints for a criminal background check.

A background check for a home health aide can also check to see if an applicant has been sanctioned or excluded from participating in government health care programs. Databases of federal and state records can be searched.

Since home health aides work with people who are unable to take care of themselves, safety is of the utmost concern. A background check can include screening for the use of illegal drugs that might impair a person’s ability to care for others.

A background check will verify an applicant’s education and work history. This may involve contacting schools the applicant attended and calling past employers to verify employment and ask for references. Education requirements may vary depending on the agency and the type of position for which the candidate is applying.

Some home health care agencies also conduct a credit check on applicants. This can identify applicants who have a history of bankruptcy or other financial problems. Some employers believe that applicants with financial difficulties may be more likely to steal.

Data Check conducts background checks of job applicants in all fields. If you are considering hiring someone for a position as a home health aide, it is critical to conduct a background check to make sure that person does not pose a risk to the people who would be in his or her care. Contact Data Check today to learn more about our background screening services.

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