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H. B. 2649

(By Delegates Perdue, Susman, Wells and Hall)

[Introduced February 24, 2005; referred to the

Committee on Health and Human Resources then the Judiciary.]

A BILL to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new section, designated §16-5R-6, relating to training requirements for providers in health facilities on the subject of Alzheimer's.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:

That the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended by adding thereto a new section, designated §16-5R-6, to read as follows:


§16-5R-6. Quality Alzheimer's and dementia care training required.

(a) Any facility providing services to residents in a care facility under the supervision of the licensed operator, including adult day care facilities, nursing homes, assisted living residences and residential care communities, shall provide training to all staff, employees and contractors on Alzheimer's disease and
related dementia.
(b) Training shall include a basic understanding of Alzheimer's disease and related dementias; communication approaches and techniques for use when interacting with persons with Alzheimer's disease and related dementia, prevention and management of behaviors common in persons with Alzheimer's or a related dementia, and activities and programming appropriate for these residents.

(c) Training curriculum shall include, at a minimum:

(1) Informational packets presented to and reviewed with staff, employees and contractors upon their starting to work at a facility; and

(2) Two hours per year of Alzheimer's disease and related dementia training as part of staff continuing education requirements.

Note: The purpose of this bill is to require basic training in Alzheimer's and dementia in certain health care facilities.

§16-5R-6 is new; therefore, strike-throughs and underscoring have been omitted.
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