Elderly Care

Lonely Seniors

Seniors find lifeline in phone support groups

A small nonprofit is among several organizations in the region striving to tackle a growing and frequently unrecognized problem among seniors: loneliness and social isolation.

Daily Bread

In rural north state, more seniors depend on government for daily meals

According to a recent study, over half the single seniors in Plumas County and neighboring Nevada and Sierra counties do not have the income to sustain a “minimally decent standard of living.”

Nursing Home Investigation

State investigates Modesto nursing center over patient transfers

This story originally appeared in The Modesto Bee.

Deadly Neglect (Part III)

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.

Op-Eds

Medi-Cal experiment is failing most vulnerable patients: Guest commentary

The Affordable Care Act mandates that Medicare dramatically reduce spending to help pay for federal subsidies in the new health insurance exchanges. One upshot: a massive “demonstration” to see if $248 million can be saved this year in the care of...

Deadly Neglect (Part III)

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.

Deadly Neglect (Part III)

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.

Deadly Neglect (Part III)

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.

Deadly Neglect (Part III)

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.

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