U-T San Diego: 12 assisted-living bills announced

Legislation comes in response to U-T and other reports

WATCHDOG MINUTE: ASSISTED LIVING OVERHAUL


Responding to deaths and abuses in California’s assisted living homes, state legislators on Monday announced a dozen bills aimed at boosting care for the elderly and sharpening state enforcement at more than 7,000 such facilities.

The effort is the most sweeping in 29 years to overhaul the assisted living industry statewide, consumer advocates said. It’s a direct response to investigative reports in U-T San Diego and other media outlets showing a broken system, resulting in unnecessary deaths and injuries.

The U-T and the CHCF Center for Health Reporting in September chronicled 27 deaths as a result of abuse or neglect. The series revealed regulatory weaknesses including a maximum fine of $150, even for violations resulting in death, and inspections that can take place every five years — less often than in other states.

 

Continue reading here: http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/jan/13/assisted-living-reform-bills-unveiled/

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