SB 5177

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C 216 L 17

Synopsis as Enacted

Brief Description: Requiring long-term care workers to be trained to recognize hearing loss.

Sponsors: Senators Bailey, Keiser, Palumbo and Conway.

Senate Committee on Health Care

House Committee on Health Care & Wellness

Background: A long-term care worker is any person who provides paid, hands-on personal care services for the elderly or persons with disabilities. The term includes individual providers of home care services, direct care workers employed by home care agencies, providers of home care services to people with developmental disabilities, direct care workers in assisted-living facilities and adult family homes, and respite care providers. The term does not include employees of nursing homes, hospitals, acute care settings, residential habilitation centers, hospice agencies, adult day care centers, and adult day health centers. The term also excludes people who are not paid by the state, any private agency, or facility licensed by the state to provide personal care services.

Long-term care workers must meet statutory training requirements within 120 days of being hired. These training requirements include 75 hours of entry-level training that must include:

Summary: The 70 hours of long-term care basic training must include training relating to identification of potential hearing loss in a client and how to seek assistance if hearing loss is suspected.

Votes on Final Passage:







(House amended)




(Senate concurred)


July 23, 2017