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Home Health Aides Given Greater Range of Responsibilities in Assisted Living Communities

Posted on Monday, June 27, 2016 7:12 PM

The New York State assembly has given approval for home health aides to perform more advanced tasks. The legislation is also being considered in about 16 other states.

The New York bill allows advanced home health aides to administer medication under the supervision of a licensed practical nurse.

The legislation was supported by senior housing industry advocacy group Argentum and its state partner, Argentum New York. Due to the potential shortage of nurses, allowing other qualified care staff to have more advanced responsibilities can allow nurses to utilize their skill set more efficiently.

“Our senior living provider members advocated strongly for this legislation in concert with a coalition of consumers, other providers and education and training experts,” Ginger Lynch Landy, co-director of Argentum New York, said in a statement. “Our common goal was to expand access to high quality, safe, health-related tasks to New Yorkers living in the community.”

“The passage of this measure is a testament to the dedication of Argentum New York to advance excellence in senior living,” Argentum president and CEO James Balda said in a statement. “It takes skill, effective communication and the ability to work effectively with other senior living advocates to achieve this successful result.”

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