Assisted living reforms are coming

Better medical care, improved nutrition and other factors have greatly lengthened our life spans over the last hundred years. Since the turn of the 20th century, life expectancy has increased from 47 to roughly 78 years. Unfortunately, one downside of living longer is an increasing need to care for the elderly as their physical and mental health declines.

Recently, I joined a bi-partisan group of legislators to announce the introduction of a package of bills designed to end abuses that have occurred in some of California’s assisted living facilities. Families should have confidence that once their loved ones are placed in a care facility they will be safe and secure.

Under present law, the maximum fine imposed for a death due to negligence is $150 dollars, far less than many minor traffic violations. Consequently, bills will be introduced to abolish the $150 fine and replace it with a $1,000 fine for minor offenses and a $15,000 fine for deaths or serious injuries. In addition, homes will be required to carry liability insurance and provide enhanced training for caregivers.

To increase transparency, I have introduced AB 1436, which requires residential care facility inspection reports, lists of deficiencies and plans of correction to be posted on the Department of Social Services website for public viewing.

It is my hope that passage of this bi-partisan legislative package will provide badly needed reforms that will enhance and safeguard the lives of some of our most vulnerable citizens.

By Calif. State Assemblymember Marie Waldron (R-75th District)

3 Responses to "Assisted living reforms are coming"

  1. Lee   January 30, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    So let me see if I have this straight?

    In her efforts of writing an Op-Ed and, hence, obtaining the votes of folks in their golden years in order to stay in office, Marie believes that "unfortunately, one downside of living longer is an increasing need to care for the elderly as their physical and mental health declines."

    Really? Caring for one’s loved ones WHO CARED FOR YOU AND RAISED YOU is . . . a downside, is it? How revealing. Of course, that is what we do as a nation: we cast aside those who are no longer "productive" members to society, dump them in a retirement home, and see them once or twice a year during the holidays. Very, very sad! We, unlike most societies, do not cherish and respect the wisdom of the elderly . . . and then wonder why we, as a society, have so many problems and why our children get in so much trouble during their adolescence. If our children had their grandparents around and more involved in their young lives, children would grow up to be more balanced and loving individuals. But as such, many aren’t and thus, perhaps, so many teenage problems.

    Absolutely shameful! We are denying our youth to learn from the wisdom of our elderly . . . and lack a true sense of a concept called family.


  2. Ray (the real one)   January 30, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    With all due resects Ms. Waldron, my mother died in an assisted living facility due to “filipinios neglectus”,she suffocated to death when her breathing tube fell out and assistant #1 talking to assistant #2 ignored the alarm, senseless really.

    What is your solution? Barring everyone who graduates from these diploma mills like Kaplan, Concorde and Coleman so-called colleges? hiring qualified staff for these usually filthy facilities who hire barely qualified staff where the patients suffer.

    I used to work for one while living in Fallbrook on Elbrook Drive and the stuff I witnessed, caused me to take a six year unpaid family leave and care for my elderly mother myself. Before her neglect, she lived a happy life, I am grateful I could do my part for my parent.

    Today if your old, frail or with issues, my suggestion is to assist yourself in suicide rather than going to ANY facility. Ms. Waldron, what slick spin are you and the rest in Sacramento going to con us with now?

    For me, it`s no more hospital personnel ” ss dis way” for me, I pick who works on me.

  3. Redneck Bill   February 2, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    I guess my first question is: don’t Republicans (Marie Waldron R-75th District) favor less government intrusion? Fewer laws? Am I missing something? It’s OK to pass laws if it’s your mother that suffers from the profit motive?

    Is this kind of like the folks in Louisiana, Bobby Jindal in particular, decrying the Federal Government, until the hurricane breaches their levees, and then wondering where FEMA is and why it took them so long to get there.

    As far as Ray goes, my mother-in-law lived at one of the local board and cares run by Phillapinas. There are few other cultures that respect the elderly more. My mother-in-law could not have been better cared for than she was.

    Perhaps Ray’s, "hate everyone and their brother" came home to roost in this case. I believe it’s called Karma.


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