Home Health Aide Requires You to Know How to Drive - page 2

I have applied to endless jobs for a CNA position but have not been able to get one. I applied to a Home Health Agency that required me to know how to drive. I do not know how to drive, nor do I have a car. I am currently... Read More

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    Quote from chicaner
    In Oklahoma a HHA doesn't have to use their own vehicle to transport clients in. The agency I work for states that we don't use our personal cars for that purpose, we use the clients car to go because they carry the insurance that covers the driver. Needless to say, I didn't like the home health cases where I had to drive this one lady around, she would always want to go to the grocery store about an hour before I was due to leave. I was constantly running over time just because we had to go to the grocery store...like her two adult children and a grandchild that was in college couldn't have gone or taken her I guess. Drove me nuts. If you work on staff somewhere though I have never found a place that required a drivers license to work on staff. The only reason they ask to see a drivers license is for the W4 paperwork. And if you have a copy of your birth certificate that trumps the license and they don't have to see your social security card. That's been my experience. FWIW
    In my state you must show the ss card with a birth certificate in order to work. There's no reason that people who don't drive can't get a state ID. You need some type of photo ID in order to be licensed, get on a plane, open a bank account, etc... least wise that's how it is where I'm from.

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    Quote from tazmom
    I work as a HHA and don't drive at all. I take public transportation and walk to my client's homes. I will not transport people in my private car if I have one. Too much liability if something happens.
    Which state do you work in?
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    I have worked in home health for close to two years...here it's a violation of Privacy and a hippa violation for anyone other than myself to know where my clients live.
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    I live in WV. I have been in health care for 14 yrs now and yes I can take public transportation to my clients houses. As matter of fact I get drop off a block away from their house to protect them and myself. I have been a CNA, am a Medical Assistant & Anesthesia Technician.
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    My HHA required proof of insurance upon hire and it had to be a certain amount of coverage because we do drive clients in our cars if needed. We also get reimbursed for mileage running errands and ferrying clients around. I have had jobs where all I did was transport clients, which is a nice change from being stuck in a house working.

    I am in MD and there is no way that one could get to clients houses using only public transportation. We have a bus system in the 2 major cities, but service many clients in the "country" inbetween them.
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    The two HHA's I have worked for requrired me to show them my drivers license and insurance. But according to my insurance company I am not covered to transport people while at work (unless it is a co worker of course). The cost to change my insurance to cover transporting someone that is a client in my care was outrageous and not worth the low wage I was getting as a HHA. Luckily none of the clients I was assigned needed me to take them anywhere during my short 2-3 hour shifts!
    Also double check with the agency to see if you will be working as a CNA or as a caregiver. Both of the places I applied to had ads for CNAs and asked for copies of my certification but then just hired me as a caregiver instead?!?!?
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    Most of my clients preferred we use their car, they liked the familiarity and to run the car periodically. HH agencies advertise for CNA's because the training is beneficial. When a CNA is working in a home they are not working under the scope of CNA. The regulations require certain conditions be met to work as a CNA, these conditions do not extend to the home setting.

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