Advocates are hoping a new Arizona law will help protect seniors from the exploding, but largely unregulated in-home care industry. Sponsored by state Sen. Nancy Barto (R-Phoenix), the law requires non-medical in-home caregiver agencies to disclose to consumers information about background checks, training, cost of services, and hiring and firing policies on an annual basis.
“This is a good first step towards transparency towards those who provide in-home care for vulnerable individuals. I think there needs to be even a little bit more, but this is a good start,” said Laura Oldaker, CEO of By Your Side Senior Care in Tucson and an Arizona In-Home Care Association board member. The law, signed by Gov. Doug Ducey on April 1, applies to non-medical in-home care agencies in Arizona, and not to private, individual caregivers. The disclosure form is not required from specific home health services, senior living facilities, and clients who receive services through federal or state programs, including Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS), Arizona Long-Term Care System (ALTCS), or Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD). If agencies fail to give the disclosures to consumers, they are breaking the law. Failure to comply with the law will result in a Class 3 misdemeanor and a maximum 30-day sentence.
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