Washington State voters overwhelmingly passed Initiative 1029 with a margin of about 3:1. This initiative requires that long-term care workers complete training, pass a certification exam and undergo a federal background check for a prior criminal record reports The Seattle Times. Unfortunately, the initiative doesn’t apply to people who work in nursing homes, hospitals, adult day care centers, hospice, or volunteers.
I-1029 goes into effect in 2 years. It provides that long-term care giver training almost double from the current requirement to 75 hours.
The overwhelming support for this Initiative shows that people are concerned about the welfare of senior citizens and other dependent adults.
Nursing home abuse and neglect can take many forms including:
- sexual abuse
- physical abuse
- medication errors
- aspiration pneumonia
- over use of sedating medications
- broken bones
- dehydration & malnutrition
This information was brought to you by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We have helped people for the past 30 years who have been seriously injured due to nursing home abuse or neglect. We are glad to see the caregiver profession gain this extra level of professionalism.
If one of your loved ones has been seriously injured or died as a result of nursing home staff negligence or abuse, contact The Farber Law Group, a law firm that specializes in nursing home abuse and neglect.
See our Nursing Home & Elder Abuse Resources.