California assemblyman Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento) has introduced a bill that would establish more rigorous oversight and transparency for nursing homes. California elder abuse attorneys say that the bill, if passed, could help prevent elder and nursing home abuse.
The bill, Bill 927, aims to prevent individuals and companies with poor track records from purchasing nursing homes. Many of the state’s nursing home chains have persistent problems, including understaffing, and high levels of complaints, according to California elder abuse lawyers. Under the current system, it is also difficult for consumers to identify who the nursing home owners actually are, as the ownership information collected by the Department of Public Health is often misleading, inaccurate, or just difficult to find.
The bill is backed by a group that has fought for years for such regulations, the California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (CANHR). CANHR has previously sued the state over ownership disclosure and transparency issues, but the group has decided to drop a 2013 lawsuit in favor of this legislative solution.
California elder abuse lawyers say the proposed bill is a step in the right direction to help loved ones make the best-informed decisions for care. Elder abuse is a growing, and often unreported, problem.
The Evans Law Firm, Inc. handles all types of elder abuse cases throughout the state of California. If you believe that you or a loved one has been a victim of nursing home abuse and/or elder abuse, contact the Evans Law Firm for a free and confidential consultation at 415-441-8669 or firstname.lastname@example.org.