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Santa Fe 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 Santa Fe In-Home Care Agencies

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Best Way Home Health Care is a Santa Fe-region
in-home, non-medical care agency in operation since
2001.
Best Way Home Health Care is an accredited BBB
member with a current "A+" rating. Services include meal
preparation; light housekeeping; medication reminders;
errands; laundry; transportation and appointment escort; and much, much more.
     1453 Cochiti Street, Santa Fe, NM 87505     |     (505) 820-9946
In business for over ten (10) years, All You Need is Us is a
non-medical, in-home care agency serving the greater Santa Fe
region.
All You Need is Us is an accredited BBB member with a
current rating of "A+". Services include light housekeeping;
assistance with Activities of Daily Living (ADL's); errands and
transportation; medication reminders; assistance with bathing
and grooming; dressing assistance; meal planning and
preparation; companionship; and much, much more.
     6207 Vuelta Ventura, Santa Fe, NM 87507     |     (505) 424-4521

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