Effective date: 5/4/2015

    (1) The homemaker shall have the following responsibilities:

Terms Used In Florida Regulations 59A-18.009

    (a) To maintain the home in the optimum state of cleanliness and safety depending upon the client’s and the caregiver‘s resources;
    (b) To perform the functions generally undertaken by the natural homemaker, including such duties as preparation of meals, laundry, and shopping;
    (c) To perform casual, cosmetic assistance, such as brushing the client’s hair, assisting with make-up, filing and polishing nails, with the exception of clipping nails for diabetic patients;
    (d) To stabilize the client when walking, as needed, by holding the client’s arm or hand; and,
    (e) To report any unusual incidents or changes in the patient’s or client’s behavior to the person(s) designated by the client.
    (2) The companion shall have the following responsibilities:
    (a) To provide companionship for the patient or client;
    (b) To provide escort services such as taking the patient or client to the health care provider;
    (c) To provide light housekeeping tasks such as preparation of a meal or laundering the client’s personal garments;
    (d) To perform casual, cosmetic assistance, such as brushing the client’s hair, assisting with make-up, filing and polishing nails, with the exception of clipping nails for diabetic patients;
    (e) To stabilize the client when walking, as needed, by holding the client’s arm or hand; and,
    (f) To report any unusual incidents or changes in the patient’s or client’s behavior to the person(s) designated by the client.
    (3) Homemakers and companions shall be responsible for providing to patient and nurse registry copies of any documentation which reflects the services provided. This will be stored by the nurse registry in the client’s file. The nurse registry is not obligated to review patient or client records per Florida Statutes § 400.506(20), but the nurse registry is not prohibited from reviewing the records and may do so.
Rulemaking Authority 400.497, 400.506 FS. Implements Florida Statutes § 400.497, 400.506. History—New 2-9-93, Amended 1-27-94, 12-24-00, 5-4-15.