The real reason for regulation changes

 

Someone asked me at a presentation recently, “I know our training requirements have doubled in the past year.  What I don’t know is why.”

Some questions I get are pretty tough.  This one wasn’t.

Regulations are increasing because consumers want more.  They want the person providing care to their family member to have more training than hair dressers (1,500 hours for a barber; 1,600 hours for a cosmetologist in California).  They want to know that the person coming into a loved one’s home has training in safety, infection prevention and control and promoting dignity, independence and quality of life.  

Consumers have both a voice and a vote.  Legislators listen.  The results are rapidly increasing training requirements in nearly every state in the country. 

You may have heard me say, “We’re only one congressman’s family member’s personal incident away from national licensure for caregivers.”  I still believe that’s true, but in the meantime states have stepped up and are taking on training and certification issues. 

Which doesn’t mean the feds aren’t looking at this issue too.  The 2015 White House Conference on Aging’s final report notes that the coming workforce shortage of caregivers requires that attention be paid to this issue.  Here are some of the responses to this need already happening on the Federal level: 

 

$35 million allocated to training programs for health care professionals in the area of aging and geriatrics.

Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) plans to develop a training curriculum for dementia care next year.

The HHS Office of Women’s Health is creating training modules on caregiver communication for professional and family caregivers.

Law Enforcement and Elder Abuse Prosecutors are getting more online training to increase their knowledge and skills in prevention and prosecution.

Bank of America is co-sponsoring training programs for HR and benefits employees to help them better understand the needs of the working family caregiver, as well as retirees.

 

One of the key themes for the Conference on Aging is to provide greater support for paid and family caregivers, including “work standards, training and compensation.”  Notes the report, “While states determine direct care worker training requirements, there are efforts underway by the federal government to identify core competencies needed by direct care workers.”

Have no doubt:  training regulations will continue to increase.  There will be a national standard for caregiver certification or licensure, and states will continue to increase their own requirements as well.

As a provider, the best advice I can offer you is to partner up now with a training company that can keep you ahead of the regulatory onslaught and help you manage your training needs – with a keen eye to compliance today and preparation for the future. 

To stay competitive, you want to be the one that is able to answer consumers #1 question:  “How are your caregivers trained?” with a clear, concise answer that is far above your competition.  

9 Responses to “The real reason for regulation changes”

    • Sharon Brothers

      Thanks, David! This is only going to get more important as we fussy baby boomers age into needing care!

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  1. Christine Holycross, RNMS

    I am a nursing educator and I work with new graduates that start a new job at the hospital. I am very disappointed that they do not know more about patient care. They can do research and write papers, use computers, but have no idea how to talk to patients, do teach back, be compassionate, or some even lack empathy. I feel they are not getting the hands on experiences in nursing education. It is really a sad day when a new grad tells me they have never put a catheter in a real patient, never seen a baby born, never saw a surgery, or done patient teaching. What are they teaching in nursing education? What happened to the days of nurse’s training where they reported at 6:30am and was on their unit till 4pm, then made plans for patient care the next day? Many great experiences are the teachers for the young students. Once they do it, see it, they will not forget it! It is really disappointing to work with new graduates that have no confidence nor skills. It seems to be expected of the new employer to get the them on the job training. They do not need certified, they need a good nursing education!

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  2. Barbara A. Smith, RN

    Healthcare providers have a responsibility to the clients in their care to be knowledgeable of up to date information. Clients are becoming more aware of their health issues and expect caregivers to demonstrate competency when providing care. The increased regulations are not only in the interest of the consumers receiving healthcare but are also in the healthcare providers best interest as increased training will provide them with confidence in knowing they are providing the best care possible for their clients.
    This article does a good job of making it clear that regulation changes are not meant to be a “punishment” they are necessary for advancing the healthcare industry and improving quality care.

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    • Dolitah

      Well said Barbara,
      More regulations means more knowledge and more quality care. Training is not just necessary for direct care staff but also for initial contact staff like Marketing and Front Desk. This gives consumers confidence that everybody in the community is involved in the well being of the residents.

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  3. Glenda

    With more training required, no one has informed these workers or companies that there needs to be an increase in pay for these individuals that are required to take additional training, so that these persons can pay for the courses that they need in order to comply with these new regulations. It is a lot of work with very little pay all you get is $8:00 dollars an hour in most places even if you have experience and a certification. None of these employers want to offer a salary that is attractive to the employee. So with all that said I hope someone mentions that people in this field need a pay raise too. Thanks your article was very informative, and what courses will be available from your training programs? What will be the prices?

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    • Terry

      I enjoyed the article. I also worked as a Home care aide. Pay is not enough an should be increased.
      I now work for a Home Care Company that provides care givers to assist seniors in their homes.
      I can tell you first hand that the pay is disgraceful.
      What you pay for is what you get.
      Not always a good thing.
      I’m 60 and I would gladly pay a young person a decent Pay for making a difference in my life. If that ever comes to be?
      My own mother is 82 years old and she cannot afford someone to come and help her out.
      Maybe enough people getting tired of putting up with this will make a difference.
      In loving thoughts of hard working Caregiver and those Sweet Seniors that need us!

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    • Terry

      I enjoyed the article. I also worked as a Home care aide. Pay is not enough an should be increased.
      I now work for a Home Care Company that provides care givers to assist seniors in their homes.
      I can tell you first hand that the pay is disgraceful.
      What you pay for is what you get.
      Not always a good thing.
      I’m 60 and I would gladly pay a young person a decent Pay for making a difference in my life. If that ever comes to be?
      My own mother is 82 years old and she cannot afford someone to come and help her out.
      Maybe enough people getting tired of putting up with this will make a difference.
      In loving thoughts of hard working Caregiver and those Sweet Seniors that need us!

      Reply

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