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The Honorable (insert title, name)
State Capitol Building, Room 4140
Sacramento, CA 95814
RE: AB 665- RESIDENTIAL CARE FACILITIES for the ELDERLY: internet access
Dear Assemblymember (name):
On behalf of [NAME OF ORGANIZATION], I am writing in support of AB 665- Residential care facilities for the elderly (RCFE): resident rights: internet access, which would require a RCFE with existing internet service to provide at least one common internet access tool.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, loneliness and isolation can be heightened for people living in RCFEs. While restricting physical contact and social interaction can stop the spread of COVID-19, this places some residents at a greater risk for worsening physical and mental conditions. Studies have shown that people over the age of 60 experiencing loneliness or isolation are at greater risk for a declining health and even death. In addition, the pandemic demonstrated that accessing the internet is no longer a luxury but necessity for everyday life. According to the Pew Research Center, 73% of people over the age of 65 use the internet frequently, yet residents in RCFEs may lack the tools required to access the internet.
AB 665 would require a RCFE with existing internet service to provide at least one common internet access tool. This will allow residents to safety connect with loved ones, engage in community programs, and acquire telehealth care.
[NAME OF ORGANIZATION] strongly supports AB 665- Residential care facilities for the elderly: resident rights: internet access; we look forward to working with you to ensure residents residents’ quality of life in the 21st century. Should you have any questions regarding this letter, please contact [CONTACT INOFORMATION].