Tag Archives: Assisted Living

Some Assisted-Care Safeguards For Seniors Advance

An ambitious drive to protect seniors living in residential care facilities for the elderly continues to progress through the committee process as the Legislature works toward its summer recess, scheduled to begin July 4. The action is in Sacramento, but the impetus comes from families around the state. Read More ›

Promised Care-Home Reform Laws Lose Momentum

by Melody Gutierrez, San Francisco Chronicle

Myriad bills were proposed at the beginning of the year to increase transparency and accountability in residential care facilities, which were under intense scrutiny last year following several reports detailing widespread failings in the state’s management of residential care facilities. By the time the legislative session ended Saturday, the most sweeping changes to the system had been either killed in committee or amended to the point that some advocates considered pulling their support. Still, 12 bills were sent to Gov. Jerry Brown, who has already signed two of them. Four were killed in committee. Read More ›

Bill Requiring Public Access To Care Facility Inspection Reports Passes

by Katie Nelson, San Jose Mercury News

SB 895 would mandate care facilities to fix within 10 days – unless otherwise directed – any deficiencies found during inspections. It’s part of a larger legislative package to force the Department of Social Services to revise several of its practices, prompted in part by the abandonment of 19 residents at Valley Springs Manor in Castro Valley in late October when the department abruptly shuttered the facility. SB 895 is the first of the package to see any major success. Last week, two of the package’s bills were killed in the state’s senate appropriations committee due to “fiscal reasons.” Read More ›

Down to the wire: Lawmakers have 4 weeks to act on assisted living reforms

by Polly Stryker, The California Report

Fifteen bills are making their way through the Legislature, and the month of August is key. If passed, the package of legislation would bring changes that include: increasing possible fines from $150 to $15,000; mandating annual inspections; creating a Resident Bill of Rights; mandating liability insurance; and creating a better online database for consumers. Ultimately, it’s up to Gov. Brown to sign or veto bills that make it to his desk. Read More ›

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