AARP Report Concerning Background Checks on Home Care Workers

American Association of Retired Person’s Public Policy Institute just released a new report on federal and state approaches to background check screening of home care workers to protect vulnerable from harm. Currently states increasingly require criminal background checks for home care workers to protect vulnerable adults from harm. Forty-six states mandate some form of background check for Medicaid-funded workers, however there is no uniform protocol for screening and disqualifying candidates. There also needs to be robust scholarship on the relationship between criminal behavior and the risk of elder mistreatment. The paper offers an up-to-date assessment of practices including: implementing promising state-level practices to increase accuracy, speed, cost-effectiveness and fairness to job applicants. Also, states should use multiple, complementary screening tools, not just criminal background screening. Criminal background checks will greatly reduce nursing home abuse. To read more about background checks, please click the link.

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