Elderly Care

Sponsors Withdraw Support of Bill Raising Fines on Assisted Living Homes

The two sponsors of a bill to increase fines imposed on assisted living homes in California withdrew their support Tuesday, following a behind-the-scenes revision of the legislation.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Status of assisted living bills

Reforms proposed by legislators face test this week.

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Getting ready for emergency care for the elderly

There is no dispute here – the elderly are coming and in unprecedented numbers. Their arrival promises to have a lasting impact on California’s health system.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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