Currently, Kentucky only requires background checks for nursing home and assisted living employees who care directly for residents. The new bill would require the same for all staff, including custodians, maintenance and food service workers.
Senate Bill 44 stipulates that no long-term care facility shall knowingly employ a person who has been convicted of a felony related to theft; abuse or sale of illegal drugs; abuse, neglect or exploitation of an adult; or a sexual crime. The bill requires background checks be made by the state Justice and Public Safety Cabinet.
Hopefully, this Bill will make Kentucky nursing homes safer for their residents by keeping workers out that have a criminal history. Hiring inappropriate workers for nursing homes places the residents in harm's way and is considered nursing home abuse.
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