An “overhaul” of assisted living rules in California came closer to reality this week as legislation aimed at senior care reform moved through separate committees Tuesday, according to a report by the San Diego Union-Tribune.
The legislation comprises bills known as the RCFE Reform Act of 2014, referring to residential care facilities it intends to change, some of which encompass assisted living communities.
Among the reforms are a raise in the fee for licensing to operate a care home, as well as requirements around posting violation records and training requirements for workers and administrators, the Union Tribune notes.
California has conducted a series of hearings toward reform efforts for senior care following an investigative report by the San Diego Union Tribune that found 27 deaths allegedly due to neglect in assisted living homes since 2008.
The bills under the RCFE Reform Act of 2014 passed this week included approval by the Senate Human Services Committee and its counterpart in the state assembly, and will be sent to other committees within the state Assembly and Senate, including appropriations and judiciary, the U-T reports.
“They are expected to undergo some changes as they make their way through the statehouse, but advocates say they are more likely than ever to be adopted based on the groundswell of support due to publicity,” the U-T says.
Written by Elizabeth Ecker