California Legislators Pass Nursing Home Quality of Care Measure
A recent California Chronicle article reports that California legislators passed a measure to confront the failing quality of care in California nursing homes. Measure AB 1457 passed on a vote of 77-0 in May 2009. The measure requires each licensee of a skilled nursing facility disclose with each abbreviated contract of admission and contract of admission, the name of the owner and licensee for the facility, along with the name and contact information of a single entity that is fully accountable for all aspects of patient care and the operation of the facility.
Assemblyman Mike Davis (D-Los Angeles)-author of AB 1457-said, “The California Legislature understands the special attention to the needs and problems of elderly persons, recognizing that these persons constitute a significant and identifiable segment of the population and that they are more subject to risks of abuse, neglect and abandonment, which makes them a disadvantaged class that have a particular need for assistance. AB 1457 provides California an opportunity to address a serious problem detailed in dozens of investigations by reports in the media. Each resident should know who is in charge of delivering services in every facility. This measure will require appropriate notification that will help to ensure quality care in nursing homes.”
The California Health Care Foundation reports that California has more Long-Term Care (LTC) providers than any other state in the country with 1200 nursing homes, 14,000 residential care settings and many community-based services. Sadly, many of these care providers fail to provide the purported level of care, causing some of our oldest and most vulnerable citizens to suffer a wide range of abuses.
If you or someone you care for has suffered nursing home abuse, the California nursing home abuse lawyers at the Law Offices of Samer Habbas may be able to help. They can investigate the elder care provider and hold them responsible for any abuse which may have occurred and prevent other senior citizens from suffering abuse.