Direct care staff (defined as staff members of residential care facilities for the elderly who assist residents with personal activities of daily living as well as CNAs, RNs, and LPNs) must now receive 40 hours of training before working independently with residents, and an additional 12 hours annually for in-servicing. The training must include topics related to physical limitations and the needs of the elderly, techniques for personal care, Residents’ rights, policies and procedures regarding medications, psychological needs of the elderly, building safety, the use and misuse of antipsychotics, special needs for residents with dementia and Alzheimer’s as well as cultural competency and sensitivity. This is a huge increase in training requirements as prior to January 1, 2016, direct care staff are only required to receive 10 hours of training within the first four weeks of employment, meaning on-the-job training. Further, required training hour topics have not previously included the use and misuse of antipsychotics, special needs for residents with dementia and Alzheimer’s as well as cultural competency and sensitivity.
Source of Update notes: Training Requirements by: Lora A. Ajello, Senior Attorney at Wroten & Associates