OLR Bill Analysis
AN ACT CONCERNING USE OF UNLICENSED ASSISTIVE PERSONNEL IN RESIDENTIAL CARE HOMES.
This bill allows unlicensed “assistive personnel” employed in residential care homes to perform limited health-related activities for residents. Under the bill, they can obtain and record a resident's blood pressure and temperature with digital medical instruments if such instruments (1) have internal decision-making electronics, microcomputers, or software that interpret physiologic signals and (2) do not require the user's discretion or judgment.
The bill also allows unlicensed assistive personnel to obtain and document a resident's weight and to assist residents in using glucose monitors for obtaining and documenting blood glucose levels.
A “residential care home” is an establishment furnishing, in single or multiple facilities, food and shelter to two or more persons unrelated to the proprietor. Also, it provides services that meet a need beyond the basic provisions of food, shelter, and laundry.
EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2007
Public Health Committee
Joint Favorable Substitute