Deadly Neglect (Part III)
Assisted Living facilities are under the microscope as state legislators debate reform measures

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The future safety of frail seniors at assisted living homes throughout California is in the hands of legislators in Sacramento as they propose, debate and vote on more than a dozen bills that would reform oversight of the state's more than 7,000 facilities.

Part I here. Part II here.

Stories

Lawmakers hear assisted-living concerns

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.

Assisted Living Home Probes Too Slow, Say Complaints

Two days after Gary Ernst moved his 89-year-old mother into The Manse assisted living home in Vista, he found her badly infected, dehydrated and covered in bruises.

County Approves Care-Home Reforms

San Diego County officials launched an effort to protect residents of assisted living centers on Tuesday, increasing oversight staff, focusing prosecutions and partnering to offer more site-specific information for consumers.

Status of assisted living bills

Reforms proposed by legislators face test this week.

Overhaul of assisted living faces hurdles

A group of 15 bills to toughen state oversight of California’s assisted living industry is facing new challenges from owners of small facilities who say the measures would cause homes to close, leaving seniors with fewer options.

Bill requiring insurance at elder-care sites ok'd

The state Assembly voted 69-2 Monday to require assisted-living homes to carry liability insurance, a victory for Democratic Assemblywoman Toni Atkins, who spearheaded the bill as part of a legislative effort to improve care provided in such homes.

Bill to hike care-home fines faces key test

A bill that would significantly raise fines on assisted living facilities that violate state law faces a showdown vote in Sacramento Thursday as key players seek a compromise to keep it alive.

Senate panel oks raising top fine on assisted living centers to 15k

The maximum fine for health and safety violations at assisted-living centers would grow 100-fold under overhaul legislation approved by a key Senate committee on Thursday.

Brown signs care-home liability law

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law a measure requiring for the first time that assisted living homes carry liability insurance. The measure mandates that the 7,500 such facilities in California, with beds for 176,000 seniors, must carry insurance...

Bill by bill: Assisted living reform package

The California Legislature has acted on 17 bills proposed this year to reform regulation of assisted living homes. This chart shows what bills legislators have passed or rejected, and which have been signed so far by Gov. Jerry Brown.

Bills to boost oversight of assisted living homes pending

Ten bills that tighten state oversight of assisted living homes are headed to Gov. Jerry Brown for his signature, the most significant overhaul since regulations were first enacted in 1985.

Non-Profit Pushes to Reform Assisted Living in California

Many of us dream of starting a revolution. Few of us make it happen. One of the most dramatic stories of the last year belongs to a loose collection of activists, working to reform assisted living oversight in California.

Brown boosts assisted-living fines

Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law Monday a bill imposing a 100-fold increase in the top fine for violations of state regulations at assisted-living homes for the elderly.

San Diego County OKs rating system for disabled and elderly homes

The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday agreed to spend up to $250,000 over the next two years to set up a voluntary rating system for assisted living homes across San Diego County.

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Authors

Deborah Schoch

Deborah Schoch

Senior writer Deborah Schoch reports on hospitals and health care delivery, nursing homes, environmental health and food. Her most recent articles have examined patient safety andhospital infections. She was a founding writer with the Center’s pilot project. Schoch spent 18 years as a staff writer at the Los Angeles Times, covering public health and the environment. She was a member of the Times newsroom teams that won Pulitzer Prizes for breaking news in 1992 and 1994. Schoch graduated from Cornell University and was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University in 1999-2000, studying science, law and policy. Her work at the Center has won several honors, including first place in the 2010 Awards for Excellence in Health Care Journalism, from the Association of Health Care Journalists. She sits on the AHCJ board’s Right-to-Know Committee, which works to improve access to public health records.

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