National Academy of Science Calls for Bold Reform of Nursing Home Care

On April 6, 2022, the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine’s Committee on the Quality of Care in Nursing Homes released a 605 page report – The National Imperative to Improve Nursing Home Quality; Honoring Our Commitment to Residents, Families and Staff – that is meant to be a blueprint for desperately needed reform of nursing home care.

AB 2079 (Wood): Skilled Nursing Facility Direct Care Spending Requirement

This bill requires nursing homes to spend at least 85 percent of their revenues on the direct care of residents. This ensures the billions of dollars we pay to nursing homes as taxpayers is actually spent on the residents and not to pad the profits of already very rich owners.   Dr. Charlene Harrington, RN, PhD, FAAN, and CANHR Senior Attorney Tony Chicotel testifying in support of AB-2079 (Wood) at the California State Assembly Health Committee hearing on March 29, 2022.

AB 2546 (Nazarian): Resident-Designated Support Persons Act

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on residents of long-term care facilities. In addition to virus-caused sickness and death, residents have suffered severe loss from government-imposed visitation lockouts that separated residents from their families, friends, and other essential support persons. AB 2546 gives every resident of a nursing home or assisted living facility the right to in-person, onsite, and unscheduled access to a minimum of two resident-designated support persons during any public health emergency in which residents’ normal visitation rights are curtailed.  AB 2546 also guarantees residents have the right to leave the facility on outings, so long as reasonable infection control precautions are taken.

AB 2546 Sample Support Letter

If submitting electronically, please copy the text below, and we encourage you to add your personal stories and perspective to it. If submitting by mail you can DOWNLOAD A WORD FILE to edit and print out. Your support letter can be uploaded using the Position Letter Portal at https://calegislation.lc.ca.gov/Advocates/. You will have to create an account if you do not already have one.