New Homecare Regulations in California

A few weeks ago, we posted a blog about a homecare legislation debate going on in California.  Unions and organizations representing the elderly were pushing for legislation that would license agencies, certify workers and create a publicly accessible caregiver registry for homecare agencies which provided nonmedical services (i.e. bathing, dressing, and other tasks around the home).

Well, it looks like California legislators reached a decision and will impose stricter regulations for agencies.  Governor Jerry Brown of California signed the Home Care Services Consumer Protection Act of 2013 which will require agencies to conduct background checks on workers, provide five hours of training, list aides in an online registry and obtain a license that certifies compliance with standards.

Homecare agencies were opposed to the bill’s training and background check requirements and the governor even vetoed a similar bill last year.  The bill is expected to take effect January 2016.

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