Fort Lauderdale Home Health Agencies
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Fortune Home Health
Services

Home Health Agency
Fort Lauderdale • Florida
Located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Fortune Home Health Services is a licensed Home Health Agency established in 2008. Fortune Home Health Services has no uncorrected deficiencies stemming from its most recent state inspection. Services include: Skilled Nursing Services • Home Health Aide Services • Various Therapeutic Services • and much, much more!

2880 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Suite 226, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311 • (959) 739-5580


Deborah's Nursing Services
Home Health Agency
Fort Lauderdale • Florida
Deborah's Nursing Services is a licensed Home Health Agency headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Established in 1996, Deborah's Nursing Services had zero deficiencies cited during its most recent state inspection. Services include: Skilled Nursing Services • Therapeutic Services • Home Health Aide Services • and much, much more!

1995 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Suite 115, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33306 • (954) 772-9668

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indentHome Health Agencies in the State of Florida are licensed and regulated by the State of Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA).

Definition of a Home Health Agency

indentThe State of Florida AHCA defines a Home Health Agency as "an organization that provides home health services ... [meaning]... health and medical services and medical supplies furnished by an organization to an individual in the individual's home or place of residence".
Home Health Agency Services

• Skilled Nursing Care (If a licensed-only Home Health Agency provides Silled Nursing Care, it must have a Director of Nursing, who is a currently-licensed registered nurse and has at least one year of supervisory experience as a registered nurse; the Director of Nursing oversees the professional nursing and home health aide services deployed by the agency.)

• Physical, Occupational, Respiratory and Speech Therapies

  • Home Health Aide Services
  • Dietetics and Nurtrition Practice and Nutrition Counseling
  • Medical Supplies (restricted to drugs and biologicals prescribed by a physician)
  • Homemaker Companion Services
Administrator Requirements

indentAn Administrator for a Florida Home Health Agency must meet the following requirements:
  • Be a licensed physician, physician assistant, or registered nurse licensed to practice in the State of Florida - or -
  • Be an individual with at least 1 (one) year of supervisory or administrative experience in home health care or in a licensed assisted living facility - and -
  • Must designate in writing a qualified alternate administrator to serve in the administrator's absence
Home Health Aide Services

indent In most U.S. states, there is at least a formal classification, if not a licensing requirement, for what are commonly referred to as either (non-medical) In-Home Care Agencies or Personal Care Services. These types of agencies typically provide non-medical assistance for clients in the form of assistance with activities of daily living (ADL) and a variety of other assistance services such as light housekeeping; meal preparation; transfer and ambulation assistance; errands, transportation and appointment assistance; etc.
indent It should be noted that in one respect, the State of Florida structures its licensing regulations for home health care in a more consolidated fashion than most states: only Home Health Agencies may be licensed to provide hands-on care for clients; and, that the hands-on care must be provided by either a qualified Home Health Aide or registered Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). Many of the non-hands-on duties (meal preparation; errands; transportation; light housekeeping; etc.) required by seniors and other clients may be provided by a service known as a Homemaker Companion Service, but any level of service requiring personal or hands-on care (defined as assistance to a client or patient in the activities of daily living [ADL], such as dressing, bathing, eating, personal hygiene, assistance in physical transfer or ambulation, etc.) must be provided by the appropriate care giver deployed by a Home Health Agency.

Home Health Aide and CNA Requirements

indent There is no state licensing of Home Health Aides in Florida. A Home Health Aide may qualify for the classification by the following means:
  • Be previously trained in another state and provide a copy of the course work and training documentation, license, or certification to the employing Home Health Agency
  • Work for a Medicare or Medicaid Home Health Agency and complete at least 75 hours of training and/or successfully complete a competency evaluation given by the Home Health Agency
  • Work in a licensed-only Home Health Agency and complete at least 40 hours of training or successfully complete a competency examination given by the Home Health Agency employer
  • Successfully take and pass one of the local public vocational technical schools' Home Health Aide program. All private schools offering such curriculum must be licensed in the State of Florida Department of Education
  • In Florida, Certified Nursing Assistants are certified by the Department of Health: Board of Nursing - Certified Nursing Assistant Registry. Passage of the Florida CNA test is required for certification. In-service requirements for maintaining a registered CNA status also exist; State of Florida rules pertaining to registered CNA's can be found on the Florida Department of Health website: www.doh.state.fl.us.


Background Checks

indent State of Florida Home Health Agency Administrators, managers, directors of nursing, medical professionals, certified nursing assistants, home health aides, and homemaker companion workers must all undergo criminal background screening. In some cases, depending on the profession of the individual and other concurrent State of Florida regulatory conditions, the employee or contractor may have previous proof of compliance which is acceptable to fulfill screening requirements. Regardless of professional status or other circumstances, if the proof of compliance is past 2 years old, the employee or contractor must submit to a new screening by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

For more information about State of Florida Home Health Agencies, required training, complaint procedures, licensing requirements, multiple location regulations, authorized services, etc., contact the State of Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) through its website: www.ahca.myflorida.com or by calling (888) 419-3456.