When planning for home care for aging parents, the last thing that anyone wants to think about is their elderly parent having money stolen from them or not receiving the attention they need from their caregivers. Napa Valley, California, has recently implemented a new law that requires caregivers to have a permit before they can take care of an elderly person, according to the Napa Valley Register.
Officials are hoping that this law will limit the amount of cases of elder abuse in the state.
"We believe and hope the rest of the state is watching," attorney Gary Lieberstein told the news source. "We believe this should be a state law. We don't think this protection should only be in Napa County."
Lieberstien also spoke to the Vallejo Times-Herald and said, "Every two minutes, an elder becomes a victim of some form of abuse in California. In reality, that number could be much higher because elder abuse is underreported."
However, for some home care is not the way to go. Assisted living facilities may be the best retirement living situation for an aging parent.