Minnesota Home Care Aides Express Concern with Training, Oversight

August 29, 2014 | Aging Services Risk, Quality, & Safety Guidance

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​Although personal care aides in Minnesota must pass an initial qualification test and are required by state law to be supervised by a licensed professional, training is often inadequate and many aides are thrust into situations that they feel force them to exceed their scope of practice, according to an article in the August 17, 2014, Star Tribune (Minneapolis). The article details a variety of concerns with the state's personal assistant program. For example, the 25-question quiz individuals must pass in order to become a personal assistant is criticized as being overly simple (featuring questions such as "When talking to a 911 operator, do not hang up. True or false?").

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