Georgia Targets Elder Abuse with Tough New Long-Term Care Background Check Law

The Georgia Long-Term Care Background Check Program, which will take effect Oct. 1, 2019, is intended to promote public safety for a growing and vulnerable aging population. The new law will require care workers with direct access to seniors in long-term care facilities to pass a national background check. A fingerprinting requirement also is expected to go into effect in January 2021. The law applies to owners, applicants for employment, and employees providing care or owning a personal care home, assisted living community, private home care provider, home health agency, hospice care, nursing home, skilled nursing facility, or adult day-care. Those who fail to comply could face civil monetary penalties of $500 for each day that a violation occurs (up to $10,000).

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