Mesa, Arizona residents who require hiring caregivers should know about a resource guide made available by the state’s Task Force Against Senior Abuse on behalf of the Arizona Attorney General. The state of Arizona takes elder abuse very seriously. Caregivers are in a position of trust and are expected to act in a manner beneficial to the care recipient. Yet, every year, thousands of people report potential elder abuse in Mesa, Arizona and the surrounding areas.
Before hiring a caregiver then, it is important to carefully assess the qualifications and look for any warning signals the caregiver may have.
The guide suggests the following steps to anyone hiring a caregiver for a senior friend or family:
- Check public information directories and databases. This includes using an Internet search engine, such as Google or Bing, to find information related to the person’s reputation, work, or other publicly disclosed information. It also includes databases from state and other agencies that provide public information about certain categories of licensed caregivers.
- Information about convicted sex offenders can be found on the Department of Public Safety Sex Offender Information page at http://az.gov/app/sows/home.xhtml.
- If the caregiver is a licensed individual, such as a certified nursing assistant or a physical therapist, the licensing agency may have information about the potential hire. Disciplinary actions against a licensed individual typically can be found on the licensing board’s site.
Even if there is no information available about a potential candidate, that doesn’t mean that he or she is trustworthy or qualified. A background check provided by a private service may be a good option for finding information that isn’t readily available on the Internet.
If you suspect that a vulnerable elder loved one is being abused, report the abuse to the proper authorities. You may also want to seek the counsel of an experienced Arizona elder litigation attorney, who can help guide you through the steps necessary to protect your loved one.