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Albuquerque In Home Care Services
The State of New Mexico does not have a
licensing provision
for non-medical,
in-home care services (sometimes referred to
as "personal services agencies or
homemaker services"). However, just because
there are no formal state license
requirements for non-medical, in-home care
agencies in New Mexico
does not mean the
industry is completely unregulated
.

Definition and Qualifications

The State of New Mexico indirectly
characterizes both the definition and the
qualifications for a non-medical, in-home
caregiver within their breakdown of state
licensing requirements for New Mexico Home Health Agencies. (This information can be found in
New Mexico Administrative Code Title 7, Chapter 28, Part 2: "Requirements for Home Health
Agencies
".)
In the context of the New Mexico Administrative Code, a caregiver providing non-medical, in-
home supportive services is defined as a "
homemaker".
The employment qualifications set down for a homemaker working for a licensed Home Health
Agency are having "
successfully demonstrated competency to provide household services such
as cleaning, meal preparation, laundry, shopping and to assist a patient / client with activities of
daily living
."

Criminal Background Check

The State of New Mexico requires any caregiver employed directly or as a contractor for a home
care service to submit to a Caregiver Criminal Background Check. The Caregiver Criminal
History Screening Program (CCHSP) is operated within the New Mexico Division of Health
Improvement. A person seeking employment as a caregiver must apply to the CCHSP for a
nationwide criminal history screening; a caregiver candidate must provide a completed
background information form, 3 sets of fingerprint cards and a copy of an acceptable form of
photograph identification. (
Along with the appropriate fee.)
A caregiver employee candidate will be barred from employment if their criminal search results
include charges and/or convictions for a number of disqualifying infractions. (For a complete list
of disqualifying background search results, see the State of New Mexico Division of Health
Improvement website.)
Any New Mexico home health care, in-home care or homemaker services agencies hiring
caregivers without a current criminal background check or in spite of disqualifying background
search results face significant charges and penalties.

Evaluating In-Home Care Agencies

The absence of a state licensing requirement for non-medical, in-home care agencies does
make the process of evaluating a potential care provider much more difficult, and at the same
time, much more important! The following is a checklist of considerations for determining the
suitability of a non-medical, in-home care service in New Mexico:

  • Are Caregivers required to submit to drug-screening before hire?
  • What are the required qualifications for  the agency's Caregivers? (i.e., Certified Home
    Health Aides, CNA's; First Aid Certification, etc.)
  • Do newly-hired Caregivers receive comprehensive orientation and training?
  • Are the agency's Caregivers given periodic continuing education and training?
  • How often are quality-assurance surveys conducted?
  • Does the agency have a formal program for determining caregiver-client compatibility?
  • Does the agency have a Better Business Bureau (BBB.org) listing and rating?

A professional, experienced non-medical, in-home care service scoring very well on this
checklist and will, in all probability, make an excellent choice as a service provider.
Featured Albuquerque In-Home Care Agencies

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Premier Home Care in Albuquerque is an in-home, non-medical care
agency in operation for over ten (10) years.
Premier Home Care is an
accredited BBB member with a current "A+" rating. Owner Dave Kaminski,
operates Premier Home Care on a solid foundation based on principles
of trust and quality service. Services include discreet assistance with bathing and dressing;
meal preparation; laundry and bed making; light housekeeping; ambulation assistance;
transportation and errands; transfer assistance; and much, much more.
4411 McLeod Road NE, Suite G, Albuquerque, NM 87109     |     (505) 271-2120
Companion Care is an Albuquerque in-home,
non-medical care agency serving the greater
Albuquerque region since 2004. Founded by mother, Jan
Schuh (who holds a Master's Degree in Gerentology) and
daughter Paula,
Companion Care uses a holistic
approach in developing and deploying care services to
their clients. Companion Care is a BBB accredited
member with a current "A" rating.
Services include companionship and social interaction;
light housekeeping; meal planning and preparation;
respite care; medication reminders; assistance with ADL's;; and much, much more!
3620 Wyoming Blvd. NE, Suite 111, Albuquerque, NM 87111     |    (505) 293-5858

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