You might be surprised. Are you dropping your aging parent off at the senior living community in the hands of educated, well-trained, caring staff? It may not be as it appears. Generally, states have no age requirements, no formal education requirements, and only provide a ‘new employee orientation’ and a few hours of training a year – if you’re lucky.In some cases, training is required but could be only 4 hours within the first year
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Alabama – All required is: “have required initial training and refresher training as needed.”
Alaska – Care providers in non-supervisory roles must be at least 16 years of age. Care providers working without direct supervision must be 18 years of age. Within 14 days of employment, each care provider must be oriented to the assisted living home’s policies and procedures.
Arizona – Caregivers must have completed a caregiver training program. Assistant caregivers must be at least 16 years of age.
California – Prior to December 31, 2015, must receive at least 10 hours of initial training within the first four weeks of employment.
Colorado – Staff shall be given on-the-job training. Prior to providing direct care, the facility must provide adequate training on specific needs of the population served.
Delaware – Staff must be adequately trained to meet the needs of the residents and the facility must provide and document staff training. Facilities shall provide orientation training to all new staff.
District of Columbia – None specified.
Idaho – Staff must have a minimum of the equivalent of two-days of job-related orientation training before they are allowed to provide unsupervised personal assistance to residents.
Indiana – An orientation and four hours of training per year.
Iowa – Must be able to implement the program’s accident, fire safety, and emergency procedures, and assigned tasks. Within 30 days of beginning employment, all program staff shall receive training by the program’s RN(s).
Kentucky – Must receive orientation within 90 days of hire and in-service education annually on specified topics applicable to their assigned duties.
Maine – Nothing required for Assisted Living.
Massachusetts – Must receive a seven-hour orientation prior to active employment.
Michigan – No requirements.
Minnesota – Must complete an orientation and one day of training per year.
Mississippi – Be at least 18 and receive training on a quarterly basis.
Missouri – No requirements.
Nevada – Be 18 years old. Read, write, and speak English. Within 30 days, receive first aid and CPR training. Within two months receive 1/2 day training.
New Mexico – Be 18 years old. Get 2 days of training.
New York – Must provide orientation to facility policies and procedures; resident characteristics; and emergency evacuation and disaster plans.
Ohio – Must be at least 16 years of age, speak and read English, have first aid training, and complete a specified training program. 2 hours of training is needed for those working with seniors who have cognitive impairments with increased emotional needs or presenting problematic behaviors.
Tennessee – No requirements.
Wyoming – Orientation and education regarding resident rights, evacuation, and emergency.