Senior group seeks nursing home worker licensing

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Posted: Feb 29, 2012 12:50 PM
Senior group seeks nursing home worker licensing

Iowa's largest group representing seniors is pushing for legislation that would require workers who care for people in nursing homes to be licensed and meet training standards.

Officials with Iowa's chapter of AARP, which represents 375,000 seniors, held a news conference Wednesday at which they called for lawmakers to support a measure, which has been approved by a Senate committee but is awaiting debate by the full Senate.

The bill would require that direct care workers in nursing homes be licensed and meet training requirements.

AARP spokesman Kent Sovern says about 73,000 workers would be covered by the measure. He notes that many other professions offering similar services require licensing.