New Jersey Establishes New Program to Detect In-Home Health Care Abuse

New Jersey residents who suspect their elderly loved one is being abused or neglected by their home health aide, or other in-home caregivers, will now have the opportunity to more easily identify abuse/neglect. Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino and the Division of Consumer affairs recently launched the “Safe Care Cam” initiative, a program that makes micro surveillance cameras available for free 30 day loans to anyone who suspects their elderly loved one is being victimized by their home health aide or in-home caregiver.

The in-home health care industry is largely unregulated by the federal government. Many states don’t even require training for home health aides. Worst, some states do not require criminal background checks of home-care workers.

“One 2012 study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society found that less than a third of home-care agencies screened their employees for illegal drug use, and just 16 percent tested for basic knowledge about providing care in the home.”-AARP

Time will tell how effective the “Safe Care Cam” program is in identifying elder abuse and neglect. If you believe you or a loved one was mistreated  by a licensed health care professional you can file an online complaint at or by call 1-800-242-5846 (toll free within New Jersey) or 973-504- 6200. To speak to a Jacoby & Meyers Elder law attorney about mistreatment that resulted in injury or death click here.

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