Excerpted from Home Care Daily post by Valerie VanBooven
Long-term care workers, whom could be defined as home care aides, home health care nurses, staff at assisted living and nursing homes, and more may soon be subject to a more intensive background screening process in Georgia. A bill that would require tougher screening for these long-term care workers has passed the house and senate and is making its way to Governor Nathan Deal’s desk. He is expected to sign it into law.
Assuming the governor does sign this legislation, it would go into effect October 1, 2019. The bill would be applied to organizations or entities that have direct access to residents or for applicants to jobs that would have direct access. This will include, but not be limited to, assisted living communities, home health care agencies, personal care homes, nursing homes, skilled nursing facilities, private workers, adult day care centers, and hospice facilities.
This new law would, according to an 82-page annual report delivered to the governor in February, help the state become more aligned with regard to hiring of these workers as neighboring states.
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