Monday, August 10, 2009

CA LEGISLATION SIGNED RESTORING PROTECTIONS FOR ABUSED AND NEGLECTED NURSING HOME RESIDENTS

Sacramento, CA.

Governor Schwarzenegger has signed Assembly Bill 392 (Feuer), urgency legislation that will immediately restore $1.6 million for local Long-Term Care Ombudsman programs over the next year. The bill will help ensure protection from abuse and neglect for California´s vulnerable and elderly residents of nursing care and assisted living facilities.

"This legislation could make the difference between life and death for nursing home patients facing abuse or neglect. Now patients and their families who depend on the Ombudsman to monitor facilities and investigate key complaints can rest a little easier," said Assembly member Mike Feuer (D-Los Angeles).

In late June 2009, a Northern California facility owner and one care giver were arrested on suspicion of criminal abuse and neglect of a resident whose untreated pressure sores were so severe that they resulted in fatal sepsis. After the arrest, the two suspects posted bail and continued to collect payment to provide care for the six other facility residents. With the funding restored for the next year, local Ombudsman programs will be able to respond to cases where similar reports of abuse are made.

"California´s senior citizens ... are particularly vulnerable to abuse," said Assembly member Dave Jones (D-Sacramento), a joint author of the bill.

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