A law, signed by Arizona Governor Doug Ducey in April, requires nonmedical in-home care agencies to disclose information on background checks, hiring/firing policies, training and the cost of services to consumers.
Because of the influx of retirees, Arizona finds itself as one of the fastest-growing senior populations in the country. The new law offers them protections and information on the people they let into their homes to deliver care. The law at this time, however, only applies to in-home care agencies and excludes private, individual caregivers. The Arizona in-home care industry does not require in-home care agencies to be licensed or certified so the law is seen as a “good first step toward transparency,” according to Laura Oldaker, CEO of By Your Side Senior Care in Tucson.
Regulation and disclosure will help to reduce the problems of financial, mental and physical abuse experience by older adults. Failure to provide consumers with the disclosures is a Class 3 misdemeanor and carries a maximum 30-day sentence.