PA 09-108—sSB 243

Select Committee on Aging

Public Health Committee


SUMMARY: This act requires all nursing home facilities, except residential care homes, to provide at least two hours of annual training in pain recognition and administration of pain management techniques to (1) all licensed and registered direct care staff and (2) nurse's aides who provide direct patient care. Prior law required this only for Alzheimer's special care units or programs.

The law defines a “nursing home facility” as a nursing home, residential care home, or rest home with 24-hour nursing supervision. Although residential care homes are included in the definition of nursing home facilities, they are not licensed as nursing homes. They provide some limited assistance with activities of daily living but do not provide nursing care.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2009

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