It won’t be wise to hire or ask just someone to take care of your aging loved one. The elderly are susceptible to any form of elder abuse due to their waning physical and mental capacities.
Although there have been no accurate ways to get an actual count of how many seniors in the US have already experienced elder abuse, here are some sample findings gathered from different sources:
– Based on an extensive review featured in the New England Journal of Medicine, 10% may have experienced a form of physical, psychological, sexual, verbal abuse and including financial exploitation and neglect.
– A study from the Journals of Gerontology shows that the most common form of abuse is verbal followed by financial mistreatment then physical mistreatment. Based on a sampling from the group they studied, 9% was verbal, 3.5% was financial mistreatment, and less than 1% was physical.
Elder abuse is a serious issue and the importance of reliable private care is something that you should definitely consider when hiring a caregiver / home care aide.
Reliable caregivers are usually found on reputable home care agencies who train their caregivers or caregiver applicants. And with this new law (AB1217) recently put into effect last January 1, 2016, this training has turned mandatory along with other requirements.
What does this mean to the senior population that needs care?
AB1217 aims to protect the elder community. This law makes sure that any caregiver or caregiving agency would be providing service that adheres to high standards and proper methods that do not constitute any act that would be related to elder abuse. It is strictly being enforced as severe penalties such as huge fines, civil penalties, and cease and desist orders await those who do not comply
Agencies and caregivers should do the following to be in compliance with AB1217:
– Caregivers or Caregiver applicants need to complete 5 hours of caregiver training and pass background checks as part of their qualification.
– Agencies must utilize registered HCA(Home Care Aides) Caregivers who are in the HCA online registry.
– Agencies should get HCO (Home Care Organization) licensed certifying that they are complying with basic standards.
With these new regulations imposed on agencies and individuals providing in-home care, families should consider the value of getting an agency that is licensed by the Department of Social Services when the need arises.
sources: ncea.aoa.gov, leginfo.legislature.ca.gov
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Belina C. Nernberg
Belina Calderon-Nernberg is the CEO and founder of 1Heart Caregiver Services. Recently offering 1Heart franchise business opportunities to the public, Belina provided the vision, leadership, and direction that the company needed to achieve its goal of making a positive difference in the homecare industry. As her greatest accomplishment, the company is now equipped with the expertise to expand its business operations to different States in the U.S. Belina brings with her a corporate experience of 25 years, with 15 solid years of experience as CEO of an employment agency and a senior care service company in Southern California. Belina has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of St. La Salle, Philippines. She has been the recipient of several awards given to emerging leaders in business, community service, arts, and entertainment. She has also been honored as an Ambassador of Goodwill by the HiFi (Historic Filipinotown) Neighborhood Council. This title is bestowed to carefully selected Filipino-Americans who are persons of integrity who have the ability “to promote, reach out, influence and mobilize public interest and support of the ideals, values, principles, and programs of the Historic Filipinotown.