In-home health care is a service which provides personal care and
medical services based upon a plan of treatment prescribed by a
physician and/or surgeon who is licensed to practice medicine in
the state. In-home health care is provided by a person certified by
the state department as a home health aide.
On the other hand, services that do not include personal care
services based upon a plan of treatment prescribed by a physician
and/or surgeon may be provided by a person who is not a certified
home health aide.
Facilities, agencies and health care professionals that provide
in-home health care services are regulated and licensed by the
California Department of Public Health, Center for Health Care
Quality (CHCQ), which is responsible for the regulatory oversight of
health facilities to secure safe, effective and quality healthcare for
all. CHCQ evaluates facilities, agencies and home health care
professionals for compliance with state laws and regulations, and
also investigates complaints made against these facilities, agencies
and health care professionals, as well as oversees their compliance
with federal laws and regulations.
If you have a question or complaint about in home health care, you
can contact the California Department of Public Health, Licensing
and Certification Division, through their website at www.cdph.ca.gov
All licensed in-home health care facilities and agencies are listed on
the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development's website,
www.oshpd.ca.gov which is updated as of June 30 and December
31 each year.