Expose of Assisted Living Facilities Reveals Not Enough Oversight

A three-day expose by U-T San Diego recently showed serious problems with the state's assisted living facilities. In response, California lawmakers are pledging to make changes, by increasing penalties and inspections.

The expose found that facility workers who abuse or neglect residents are rarely prosecuted and the maximum fine for injury or death at a facility is $150.

“As a legislator and as a Californian these reports are very troubling and clearly warrant further investigation,” said Senate Health Committee Chairman Ed Hernandez, D-West Covina. “It is clear that $150 is far too low to deter bad behavior at facilities that increasingly seem to be acting as quasi-nursing homes.”

The maximum fine for similar violations at nursing homes regulated by the state Department of Public Health is $100,000, but assisted-living centers are not medical facilities and are regulated separately by the Department of Social Services. For more, read the story.

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Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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