One state has a legislative proposal that would require background checks on home health care workers. The idea would require home health agencies to conduct criminal background reviews on all aids they employ and assign to clients’ homes. The legislation would also prohibit agencies from hiring anyone convicted of a felony within the past 10 years. Since many elderly people have been defrauded by home health aides mandatory rules should be in place and apply to everyone. The new proposal would cover any licensed home health care agencies, homemakers companion service agencies and homemaker-home health aide agencies. Legislatures in Illinois should also consider this type of useful legislation that would combat against elderly abuse. To read more about nursing home legislation, click here.