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(a) An assisted living home shall provide safeguards to ensure that persons entering the home, including employees, volunteers, contractors, and visitors do not abuse, neglect, or exploit a resident of the home.
(b) A person seeking employment in an assisted living home shall provide
(1) the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three persons who are unrelated to the person seeking employment and who will provide character references for that person;
(2) at least two employment references; an employment reference may also serve as a character reference required under (1) of this subsection;
(5) sets of fingerprints, as directed by the administrator, to fulfill the requirements of AS 47.33.100 .
(c) A person who will be in direct contact with residents in an assisted living home shall provide evidence to the administrator that the person is free from active pulmonary tuberculosis before contact with a resident. This evidence must be provided annually and must be placed in the person's file for review by the department.
(d) Before hiring, the administrator shall ensure that each person who will be in direct, unsupervised contact with residents in an assisted living home has sufficient language skills to meet the needs of the residents of the home and the ability to access emergency services, including giving clear directions to emergency personnel of the home's location and describing the nature of the emergency in the primary language of the community. The administrator shall assess language skill level for employees, contractors, and volunteers. The department will assess the language skill level of the administrator.
(e) Each administrator, each administrator designee who will serve in that capacity for 90 consecutive days or longer, and each care provider who is an employee of an assisted living home shall participate in continuing education that is relevant to that person's primary job responsibilities and the ongoing care of residents. If courses for continuing education are not available within 100 miles of where the home is located or through correspondence or distance learning, the administrator shall ensure that the continuing education is obtained not less than every 18 months. Training requirements are as follows:
(1) each administrator shall complete 18 clock hours of continuing education annually;
(2) each care provider shall complete 12 clock hours of continuing education annually;
(3) a home may count in-service training as continuing education if that training increases the knowledge, abilities, or skills of care providers and is approved by the department;
(4) continuing education, whether in-service training or received from a state agency, a seminar, or a university, must be documented and placed in the employee's personnel file for review and approval by the department.
History: Eff. 7/1/95, Register 134; am 9/28/2001, Register 159; am 4/6/2002, Register 162; am 6/24/2004, Register 170
Authority: AS 47.33.100
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