Residential Care Ownership Suitability Law
This bill, which creates requirements to provide license to applicants who want to establish residential care for the elderly, was recently signed into law by California Governor Brown. All applicants must furnish a wide array of information about their ownership, the management, if the residential care is lucrative or not, etc.
Furthermore, this bill requires the Department of Social Services to crosscheck applicant information with the Department of Public Health, allowing both Departments to share information and have an overview on the request of applicants. The Department of Social Service could deny or revoke the license for failure to disclose the required information. Also, the Department of Social Services could make the appropriate decision as regards the applicants and if they are able to create Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly in California accordance with the requirements of the law.
Finally, this bill will allow consumers to have much more information on Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly and make knowledgeable choices. Let’s remember that Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly are residencies allowing elders to live surrounded by a care service not requiring major medical assistance. This new law is a step toward regulating a growing industry that has shown it is in desperate need of oversight and guidance. It can be difficult to act as a rational consumer when medical and care needs are involved, and by setting a higher bar for licensing, the Residential Care Ownership Suitability Law will prevents some of the worst abuses from occurring.
If you feel that you or a loved one may have been improperly cared for in a nursing care facility, please contact a California nursing home abuse attorney at the Evans Law firm by calling (415) 441-8669. The Evans Law Firm focuses on elder law, physical and financial abuse, investment, banking, insurance fraud, and whistleblower cases.