A trade group praised the Georgia House of Representatives on Tuesday for passing a bill to allow frail seniors the ability to receive necessary care in home and avoid unnecessary moves to institutional environments.
According to the Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA), the bill creates a licensure category for assisted living and expands the types of services seniors may receive beyond what is currently allowed in personal care homes. These services will include medication administration by specially trained aides and more options for residents who require assistance with mobility.
“We commend Georgia legislators for passing this landmark legislation, which will advance quality of life for Georgia’s seniors and their families,” said Richard P. Grimes, president and CEO of the Assisted Living Federation of America. “No senior should be forced to live in an institutional setting when quality care is available in the safety and comfort of residential options such as assisted living. Georgians are one step closer to having more choice and greater peace of mind when selecting senior care for themselves or aging loved ones.”
The bill passed the Senate on March 14. Any amendments made to the bill by the House are expected to be accepted by bill sponsor, Senator Johnny Grant (R-Milledgeville) before it is forwarded to Governor Nathan Deal. State Representative Chuck Martin (R-Alpharetta) sponsored the House companion legislation.