Published On: Wed, Mar 20th, 2019

Protecting Our Seniors From Abuse by Caregivers

By: Robert S Weinroth

The Board of County Commissioners recently approved changes to the county’s Home Caregiver Ordinance.

Three years ago, the county partnered with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office to passthis ordinance. Since then, over 11,000 applications have been processed to date.

The Commissioners unanimously approved changes to the original ordinance to helps keep our most vulnerable residents safe (especially the elderly, sick and disabled).

The ordinance requires caregivers undergo a level 2 criminal background check.

Once processed, and if no disqualifying offenses are identified, applicants are issued a photo ID and added to an online verification system available to the public on the Division of Consumer Affairs website.

Anyone engaging the services of a home caregiver is urged to verify credentials both in person and online.

Residents can verify a caregiver has a valid ID badge by visiting www.pbcgov.com/consumer.

Palm Beach County is currently the only county in Florida with this type of protective ordinance.

About the Author

- Robert Weinroth is a 27 year resident of Boca Raton where he is an attorney, businessman, former member of the City Council (where he served for four years) and currently serves as an elected member of the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners. Commissioner Weinroth went to Boston’s Northeastern University where he earned a BSBA in Management. He went on to earn his Juris Doctor at New England School of Law. He is admitted to practice law in Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey and the Supreme Court of the United States. Weinroth served as president and general counsel of Freedom Medical Services Inc, an accredited medical supply company in Boca Raton. FREEDOMED® represented the realization of an entrepreneurial dream. Weinroth, and his wife Pamela operated the company for 16 years, eventually selling the business in 2016. Weinroth takes great pride in his past work as a volunteer Guardian ad Litem for the 15th Judicial Circuit, advocating for the needs of abused and neglected children deemed dependent by the Court. After serving on multiple community boards and committees, Weinroth was elected to the Boca Raton City Council in 2014. During his tenure, he served as CRA Vice-chair and Deputy Mayor and was appointed to a number of county boards including the Boca Raton Airport Authority, the Palm Tran Service Board, the Palm Beach Transportation Planning Agency, the Treasure Coast Planning Council and was elected a board member of the Palm Beach County League of Cities. As a newly elected County Commissioner, Weinroth has been appointed Vice-Chair of the Solid Waste Authority, a board member of the PBC Transportation Planning Agency, and alternate representative on the Treasure Coast Planning Agency and several other county and regional boards. Robert, Pamela and their two dogs, Sierra and Siggy, are proud to call Boca Raton home.

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