As San Diego elder abuse attorneys, we are pleased that Gov. Jerry Brown
has signed several key pieces of legislation into law that will dramatically
improve oversight over the state’s assisted-living facilities.
The legislation, known as the Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly
Reform Act of 2014, was introduced after numerous media reports detailed
deplorable conditions and poor oversight at assisted-living facilities
throughout the state. In one of the most shocking cases, patients were
left behind when a San Castro facility was forced to close its doors.
“The horrible stories of abandonment, abuse and neglect in these
facilities sparked this reform package and these new laws are a positive
step forward to securing safer environments for our seniors,” Assemblymember
Bob Wieckowski, a primary sponsor of one of the bills, stated. “With
such a growing senior population and so many facilities to look after,
the state must remain vigilant…”
Among the measures approved by Gov. Brown, AB 271 would create a statutory
bill of rights for residents of residential care facilities for the elderly.
Other laws would require facilities to fix problems identified during
inspections within 10 days in most cases and make operators who have had
their licenses revoked or forfeited for abandoning a facility permanently
ineligible for reinstatement of a license.
A full list of the bills can be found in our prior post, “California
Assisted-Living Facility Reform Bills Await Governor’s Signature.”