By Eunice K. Neubauer, CSA
Minnesota legislative bodies in 2014 and 2015 passed bills that require some changes for those that provide care for our older adults in the way of training requirements and emergency planning that go into effect January 1 2016.
All housing with services staff, assisted living staff and home care staff arranged by a Housing with Services provider are required to have dementia training. The amount of training required is based on whether staff is directly involved with care. This is positive given the growth in this disease and the need for excellent care givers. Dementia care providers likely were meeting these requirements in the past but now this will be consistent in all Housing with Services buildings where care is provided.
Also required is additional training for managers of Housing with Services buildings. Thirty hours every two years.
The other requirement is for Emergency Planning. The eight items are:
- Have a written emergency disaster plan that contains:
- A plan for evacuation
- Address elements of sheltering in-place
- Identifies temporary relocation sites for tenants
- Details staff assignments in the event of a disaster or an emergency
- Post an emergency disaster plan prominently
- Provide building emergency exit diagrams to all tenants upon signing a lease
- Post emergency exit diagrams on each floor
- Have a written policy and procedure regarding missing tenants(elopements)
- Provide emergency and disaster training to all staff during the initial staff orientation and annually thereafter. Staff who have not received emergency and disaster training are allowed to work only when trained staff are also working on site.
- Offer emergency and disaster training to all tenants annually
- Conduct and document a fire drill or other emergency drill at least every six months. To the extent possible, drills must be coordinated with local fire departments or other community emergency resources.