Study Finds Unsafe Hiring Practices Prevalent in Elder Care Agencies

According to a recent study published in the Journal of American Geriatrics Society, many elderly care agencies nationwide do not conduct criminal background checks or drug testing for new hires and require little to no real experience or training before putting new employees to work.

Of the 180 agencies researchers surveyed in the study, 55 percent conducted a federal criminal background check and only one-third administered drug tests. There are few regulations for elder referral agencies and nearly anyone can set up an agency to refer largely untrained and inexperienced people for in-home senior care. Because of these hiring practices, families need to carefully screen and monitor who they entrust with the care of their loved ones. 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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