Assemblywoman Susan Talamantes Eggman, D-Stockton, just introduced two bills, AB 1571 and AB 1572, to improve oversight and standards of care at senior residential facilities. Eggman, a former social worker, is part of a coalition of legislators who have authored a package of bills known together as the Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly (RCFE) Reform Act. The bills followed revelations of severe lapses in care and oversight at residential care facilities in Castro Valley and San Diego County. The bills aim to establish an online database with readily available information about a given facility’s history and quality of care and would empower a facility’s residents, as well as their families, to establish representative councils to hold facilities accountable. A hearing date for Eggman’s bills has not yet been set.
Joe Goldeen has been with The Record since 1990. He is an award-winning journalist and member of the California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowship. He is a native of Northern California with a bachelors degree in political economy from the ... Read Full