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Personal Care Agencies Must be Licensed to Provide Care for Your Family

When hiring a Personal Care Agency to provide care for a loved at home, under Nevada law those companies are required to be licensed with the state.

Oftentimes companies will try to skirt the law and obtain only a city license. Don’t be fooled. Personal care companies operating without a license from the Nevada Division of Health Care Quality and Compliance are in violation of the law written under Nevada Revised Statutues.

Under the state law, Personal Care Agencies are required to follow rules of compliance which include a health screening and background check on their employees. Another requirement surrounds hours of training. Caregivers are mandated to have initial training and continued training annually.

Many states do not have this requirement and sometimes hire caregivers with very little caregiving experience, often placing the frail, elderly in jeopardy. Hiring experienced caregivers is very important when it comes to your loved one. Using a reputable company is also advised when opening your home to strangers.

Licensed companies are required to be bonded and insured. Most caregivers are company employees and not independent workers. This makes a big difference in quality of care should there be a liability issue.

The Personal Care Association of Nevada (PCAN) defines the pitfalls of hiring caregivers who are not employees and may not meet the following criteria.

Liability coverage and concerns of PCAN member agencies include:

Quality care provided by Personal Care Agencies include in-home assessments, written care plans and supervisory follow-up. There are back-up employees to provide care if a caregiver cannot make a shift, and inhome supervisory visits occur with regularity. These things are important.

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