U-T San Diego: Lawmakers hear assisted-living concerns

By Jeff McDonald

State regulators are fundamentally failing residents of assisted living homes for the elderly, leading to abuse, neglect and death, according to testimony on Tuesday at two legislative hearings.

Complaints to the departments of Public Health and Social Services are closed without thorough investigation, witnesses told lawmakers, or they are never responded to at all.

Penalties against violators are so weak, and take so long to be imposed, there is little incentive for licensees to comply with the rules, advocates testified.

And when crimes against the elderly are reported to state inspectors, they are processed as administrative violations and rarely sent to police or prosecutors, the legislators were told.

Continue reading here: http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/feb/11/legislative-hearings-assisted-living/

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