Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada, D-Davis, chair of the Assembly Committee on Aging & Long-Term Care, has introduced the Home Care Services Act of 2013. AB 322, co-authored by state Sen. Lou Correa, D-Santa Ana, establishes regulations for private home care agencies.
“California is aging, and is already home to the largest population of dependent adults in the nation,” Yamada said in a news release. “There should be clear standards for training and background checks for agency-based caregivers who wish to serve this vulnerable population.”
AB 322 authorizes the California Department of Social Services to license and regulate private home care agencies that hire and match home care aides with clients who need nonmedical assistance to live at home independently. Many seniors and people with disabilities, or their families, choose such agencies to secure the services of a professional caregiver and avoid the liabilities and tax consequences of being an employer of an independent caregiver.
Currently, the only requirement to establish a home care agency in California is a business license. The lack of oversight and regulation of private home care agencies can leave consumers without safeguards to protect them from negligent or criminal conduct, Yamada said.