One step in protecting residents against nursing home abuse and neglect could rest in the rigorous performance of background checks on employees. Facilities that do not have implemented safeguards or protections are vulnerable to exploitation of residents. The Illinois Department of Public Health has recently proposed amendments that would require all facilities to comply with the Health Care Worker Background Check Code. The Code requires health care employees to refrain from knowingly employing a person in a direct care position if the person was convicted of committing or attempting to commit any offense specified in the statute.
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