Tag Archives: Senior Issues

Unmasked: How California’s Largest Nursing Home Chains Perform

by Marjie Lundstrom and Phillip Reese, The Sacramento Bee

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Knowing who owns what can be critical for fragile patients seeking long-term care, according to a Sacramento Bee investigation, which analyzed thousands of federal and state records detailing the ownership of the state’s 1,260 nursing homes. In addition to identifying owners with at least a 5 percent stake in any California-based facility, The Bee also examined government and industry data to determine how the largest owners and their facilities performed on 46 measures, including quality-of-care indicators, staffing, complaints and deficiencies found during inspections. Read More ›

CFPB Finds Older Consumers Face Illegal, Harassing Tactics from Debt Collectors

by Ashlee Kieler, Consumerist

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A new report from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau shines light on the issues older consumers face when it comes to their financial well-being. According to the report, which looked at older consumers’ complaints filed with the CFPB between July 2013 to September 2014, the number one issue Americans 62 years of age and older faced involved their experiences with debt collectors. The CFPB issued a consumer advisory including tips for older Americans faced with debt collection. Read More ›

Brown Signs Package of Assisted-Living Reform Bills

by Deborah Schoch, The CHCF Center for Health Reporting / The California Report

Brown’s signature is a major victory for assisted living residents, “We look at it as a good start,” said Patricia McGinnis, executive director of California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform. “But we’re not finished by any stretch of the imagination. And I don’t think the legislators are, either. I think they like the fact that they’re going to be changing people’s lives on an immediate basis.” The governor has approved all 13 assisted living bills passed by the Legislature. Read More ›

Gov. Brown Toughens Rules on Senior Residential Care Facilities

by Patrick McGreevey, Los Angeles Times

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Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday approved sweeping new rules for residential care facilities aimed at protecting senior citizens from substandard conditions. The governor approved nine bills that his office said in a statement are meant to “protect the health and safety of seniors residing in assisted living facilities across the state.” Read More ›

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 ›

Report: Student Loan Debt Isn’t Just An Issue For Young Americans

by Ashlee Kieler, Consumerist

A new report from the Government Accountability Office found that 3 percent of households headed by those ages 65 years or older carry student loan debt, totaling $18.2 billion in 2013. Nearly a quarter of older Americans’ loans are in default – which often leaves the retirees living below the poverty threshold. One California resident told a recent Senate Aging Committee hearing she might be well into her 80s before she pays off her student loans, and she now worries that her Social Security benefits will decline to make payments on the debt. Read More ›

Promised Care-Home Reform Laws Lose Momentum

by Melody Gutierrez, San Francisco Chronicle

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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

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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 ›

Five Signs of Financial Elder Abuse You Can Spot Now

by John Wasik, Forbes

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Some of the most insidious swindles involve exploitation of older Americans. Fortunately, there are some clear warning signs of chicanery. Here’s what you need to look for. Read More ›

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