Homecare workers in Massachusetts may or may not be certified.
They all are required to have a criminal background check known as a CORI check and may be required to have a TB test.
Training to become a CNA in Massachusetts is offered by the American Red Cross.
American Red Cross Health Care Training program is one of the most highly respected programs of its kind in the country. As
a Certified Nurse Assistant and/or Home Health Aide, you will have the knowledge and skills necessary to provide quality health
care to residents in nursing homes, assisted-living facilities, to hospital patients and clients in their homes.
Students will be taught the proper way to move patients and the basics of personal care, feeding, and bathing. Other skills
covered incude taking vital signs (temperature, pulse, breathing, and blood pressure), and how to respond to patient emergencies
like choking or falling.
Students benefit from small classes, with caring, well-trained teachers. They receive
hands-on experience as they learn in realistic clinical settings.
The CNA training course takes
100 hours over a four week period and costs $1250. After completition of the course you will receive your Home Health
Aide certification and can take the State test to become a Certified Home Health Aide. This certification is good for
two years and can then be renewed upon payment of a $87 fee.
If you are interested in this training, the first step is to call the Boston
office of the American Red Cross at 617-375-0700. They will tell you to come down to take a basic english
and math assessment test. There is no fee to take this test but bring a photo id. The test is offered in Boston,
Waltham, Peabody, Fall River, Quincy and Brockton. You can also go online at http://www.bostonredcross.org to register and find out specific information.