Voters overwhelmingly support increasing training for long-term healthcare workers

Voters in every county in Washington state voted for Initiative 1163 which would more than double the training requirement for long-term healthcare workers from 34 to 75 hours.

The Initiative also requires criminal background checks of workers and also require that they be certified.

The Farber Law Group was in support of this initiative. It is important that people working with some of our most vulnerable citizens, the elderly and disabled, have a high degree of professionalism and training. A Department of Health and Human Services study recently sampled 260 nursing homes and found that, of the 260 nursing homes sampled, that almost all had one more criminal convictions.

Criminal background check of prospective employee will help prevent nursing homes from hiring those that have been previously found guilty of abusing, neglecting or mistreating the residents under their care.

Nursing home patients often are victims of both abuse and exploitation. Nursing home abuse is a serious problem and it can include sexual abuse, bedsores, and neglect.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been victims of nursing home abuse and their families.

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