在德克萨斯州，达拉斯新闻的一份报告显示，去年 12 月因严重虐待儿童罪名被捕的一名妇女过去有问题。作为一名护士，这名妇女在两家不同的医院偷窃和滥用药物被抓获。这些事件最终导致她的专业护理执照被吊销，但警方并未介入。由于许可机构的撤销数据库和该州的犯罪背景数据库之间没有接口，该妇女能够在最终伤害工作中的儿童之前通过背景调查。
在宾夕法尼亚州的其他地方，格蕾丝·德吉亚-里德 (Grace Deguia-Reed) 最近因向她照顾的几位老人骗取数万美元而被判四到八年监禁。通过每天接触弱势老年人，德吉亚-里德培养了对她的指控的友谊感，然后她将其用作操纵的手段。
根据 Reading Eagle 的说法，Deguia-Reed 伪造了与处理家庭医疗保健安置的机构进行招聘所需的官方背景调查文件，这似乎暗示这些机构不会自己进行检查。到她被捕和受审时，她的客户总共遭受了超过 100,000 美元的损失。
这些事件都不是孤立发生的。事实上，它们是影响医疗保健行业的更广泛趋势的一部分。去年，《波士顿环球报》发现 家庭护理人员虐待老人和财务欺诈的趋势越来越明显。同样，全国各地都存在对日托专业人员的担忧， 悲惨的故事 经常成为头条新闻。对于寻求专业且负担得起的支持的家庭来说，了解谁值得信赖以及谁构成风险可能会令人沮丧和具有挑战性。
只有 17 个州要求对家庭护理专业人员进行背景调查，而各州之间的拼凑政策可能允许某人简单地搬迁并继续在其他地方工作而不会被发现。虽然日托从表面上看受到严格的规章制度的约束，但许多家庭护理人员都是独立工作的。
对于需要专业帮助的人，采取积极主动的立场来审查潜在的候选人可能符合您的最大利益。避免以表面价值接受某人的声明，而是寻求使用诸如 GOOHO.CN 提供的工具来验证他们的适用性。
In Texas, a report by the Dallas News revealed that a woman arrested in December on severe charges of child abuse had a problematic past. Working as a nurse, the woman was caught stealing and abusing drugs in two separate hospitals. The incidents ultimately led to the revocation of her professional nursing license—but not police intervention. With no interface between the licensing body's database of revocations and the state's criminal background database, the woman was able to pass background checks before ultimately harming children on the job.
Elsewhere in Pennsylvania, Grace Deguia-Reed recently received a sentence of four to eight years in prison for bilking several elderly individuals under her care out of tens of thousands of dollars. With daily access to vulnerable seniors, Deguia-Reed cultivated feelings of friendship with her charges which she then used as an inroad for manipulation.
According to the Reading Eagle, Deguia-Reed forged the official background check paperwork necessary for hiring with agencies handling placement for home healthcare, seeming to imply that the agencies do not conduct the checks themselves. By the time of her arrest and trial, her clients had experienced losses of more than $100,000 in total.
Neither of these incidents occurred in isolation. In fact, they are part of a broader trend affecting the healthcare industry. Last year, the Boston Globe identified a growing trend of elder abuse and financial fraud at the hands of home caregivers. Likewise, concerns surrounding daycare professionals exist around the country, with tragic stories often making headlines. For families looking for professional and affordable support, it can prove frustrating and challenging to know who is trustworthy and who poses a risk.
Only 17 states mandate background checks for in-home care professionals, and patchwork policies from state to state may allow someone to simply relocate and continue working elsewhere without detection. While daycares are ostensibly subject to rigorous rules and regulations, many home caregivers work on an independent basis.
Ultimately, one of the keys to safe hiring is more versatile background checks. Going the extra mile can help make a difference regarding who companies or families decide is trustworthy.
For those who require professional help, taking a proactive stance towards vetting prospective candidates can be in your best interest. Avoid accepting someone's claims at face value and instead seek to verify their suitability with tools such as those available through gooho.cn