Assemblymember Kevin A. Cahill: Legislation Would Improve the Quality of Assisted Living Facilities

June 28, 2004

Assemblymember Kevin A. Cahill (D-Ulster and Dutchess Counties) announced passage of legislation he sponsored designed to protect the health and well-being of seniors by requiring state oversight of assisted living facilities (A.421-b).

"More and more seniors are turning to assisted living facilities as a place to get the care they need while maintaining their independence," said Assemblymember Cahill. "Currently, these facilities are unlicensed and unregulated. This legislation will provide important consumer protections and ensure that assisted living facilities are inspected by the state."

Some highlights of this legislation include:

  • clearly defining "assisted living residences"
  • requiring assisted living facilities to be licensed with the Department of Health
  • requiring assisted living operators to undergo character and competence review by the DOH
  • requiring each facility to clearly post resident rights
  • requiring the execution of a written residency agreement with each resident
  • setting guidelines regarding the management of a residentís money and property
  • requiring facilities to assist in the development and operation of resident and family councils and
  • setting uniform guidelines for the admission, discharge and transfer of residents.

"Residential, assisted living facilities are a good way for seniors to get additional levels of care in a home-like setting," Mr. Cahill said. "This measure would provide seniors with the necessary protections to ensure their health, safety and their ability to make informed choices for their living arrangements and health care. I urge the Governor and Senate to join us in making this important measure law," he concluded.