State Considers Initiative to Tighten Requirments for Home Health Nurses

One state is considering legislation which would require federal background checks and increased training for the people who care for our seniors and citizens with disabilities. Initiative 1163 requires home care workers, who provide the same type of care as nursing home workers but in a more isolated setting, to pass a full federal background check. Currently, the state-level background check misses crimes committed in other states, leaving seniors and disabled citizens vulnerable to felons from other states.

I-1163 also requires home care workers to receive a minimum of 75 hours of basic training and to pass a certification exam in order to provide care.  Currently home health workers are only required to receive less than 40 hours of training. Those who oppose Initiative 1163 claim that its $80 million cost would requires tax increases or cuts to vital senior services. Which they makes the initiative an unworthy cause. For more, read the story.

Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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