Home caregivers must be licensed by April 4

041014 GSS Home CareStarting next Monday, April 4, those providing in-home care to seniors and other vulnerable adults in Palm Beach County will need to undergo a licensing procedure that includes a criminal-background check and fingerprinting.

Palm Beach County commissioners, hoping to make it harder for seniors and physically or mentally disabled adults to be abused by those purporting to care for them, voted in the new rules in October.

Instituting the new rules had to wait until the commission inked a deal with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to conduct the background checks. In March, commissioners set fines and penalties.

Those needing a license would contact the Consumer Affairs Division of the county’s Public Safety Department.

Read a copy of the new ordinance.


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