How to Become a Home-Care Worker in Oregon

by Lisa S. Kramer; Updated September 26, 2017
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Oregon’s Client-Employed Provider Program (CEP) allows eligible elderly or physically disabled clients to select and hire their own in-home care providers, known as homecare workers. These workers assist the client with daily living activities and self-management tasks so that the client may remain in his home. To be enrolled in and receive compensation from the CEP Program, you must meet the Oregon Home Care Commission’s eligibility requirements. You must be at least 18 years old and legally allowed to work in the United States, and possess the skills, knowledge and ability to perform, or learn to perform, the necessary care. Completion of a homecare worker application and an orientation program is required, and you must pass a background screening and criminal history check.

Items you will need

  • Homecare worker application packet
  • Passport
  • Driver's License
  • Social Security card
Step 1

Obtain a homecare worker application packet from your local Area Agencies on Aging (AAA)/Seniors & People with Disabilities (SPD) Service office. The packet includes the the application form (SDS 0355), In-Home Services Provider Enrollment form (SDS 736), Criminal History Release Authorization (DHS 0301AD), INS Employment Eligibility Verification (INS Form I-9), Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate (IRS Form W-4), Client-Employer’s Right to Confidentiality (SDS 0356) and Request for Direct Deposit (DHS 7262H).

Step 2

Complete the application and other forms included in the packet. Submit all completed forms to your local SDS office in person. At this time, you must also show proof of legal residence in the United States and provide two other pieces of identification, such as your passport, driver’s license and Social Security card.

Step 3

Wait for the SDS to perform your background screening and criminal history check. If the SDS determines that you have passed the background screening and criminal history check, it will assign you a provider number, which you will need in order to register online for the Oregon Home Care Commission's Homecare Worker Registry and Referral System.

Step 4

Attend a mandatory orientation program -- offered through your local SDS/AAA office -- within the first 30 days after you enroll in the CEP Program and prior to starting work as a homecare worker for any client-employer.

Step 5

Go to the Oregon Home Care Commission's website (or-hcc.org) to access the Homecare Worker Registry and Referral System.

Step 6

Click on the blue “Registry Log In” box located on the top left corner of your screen and then click on “Homecare Worker(HCW)."

Step 7

Enter your last name in the User ID box and then enter your provider number in the password box. Follow the prompts on the screen to create your own user ID and password.

Step 8

Update your record by filling out the empty fields in the personal information section.

Step 9

Click on the “Information Reviewed Job Call” button to indicate that you are looking for work.

Step 10

Click "Update" to save the information you added or changed in your omecare worker record. The online Homecare Worker Registry and Referral System matches client-employers who need in-home services with homecare workers. Instead of waiting for a potential client-employer to contact you, you can also view the bulletin board on the online Homecare Worker Registry and Referral System to see a list of client-employers who have posted their contact information so that qualified homecare workers can contact them about their posted job openings.

Tips

  • Homecare worker applicants ages 16 and 17 may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

    If the SDS has too many homecare workers seeking work, it may decide to stop accepting new applications. Before initiating the application process, check with your local SDS office to see whether it is accepting applications.

About the Author

Lisa S. Kramer is a licensed attorney practicing civil litigation and estates and trusts law in southern Florida. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Florida, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa and cum laude. Kramer earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Florida Levin College of Law.

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