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Assisted living star rating system may be altered or abandoned

Assisted living star rating system may be altered or abandoned

North Carolina's four-star rating system for assisted living communities may be altered, abandoned or kept as-is depending on the feedback that the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services receives in a web-based survey.

Minnesota seeks to speed resolution of senior abuse claims

Minnesota seeks to speed resolution of senior abuse claims

The Minnesota Department of Health plans to implement a new electronic system to help it more quickly respond to and resolve reports of abuse in assisted living communities, nursing homes and other long-term care settings.

Committee to study, issue report on assisted living facilities

Committee to study, issue report on assisted living facilities

The Nebraska legislature voted 26-13 on Wednesday to create a special committee to study assisted living facilities where residents primarily have diagnoses of mental illness.

Governor expected to sign bill requiring tougher long-term care worker background checks

Governor expected to sign bill requiring tougher long-term care worker background checks

A bill requiring tougher background checks for long-term care workers is on the way to the desk of Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal after unanimously passing the state senate on Thursday. Deal is expected to sign the measure, which then would become effective Oct. 1, 2019.

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Florida governor signs generator bills into law; is Oklahoma next?

Florida governor signs generator bills into law; is Oklahoma next?

Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed bills into law Monday requiring assisted living communities and nursing homes in the state to have emergency generators. Legislators in Oklahoma are considering similar requirements for assisted living.

Company's 10 assisted living communities go into receivership in Nebraska

Company's 10 assisted living communities go into receivership in Nebraska

Ten assisted living communities and 21 nursing homes across 19 counties in Nebraska were put into receivership Friday after the state Department of Health and Human Services learned that their owner did not have enough funds to pay employees and ensure the future well-being of residents.

West Virginia launches new elder abuse litigation and prevention unit

West Virginia launches new elder abuse litigation and prevention unit

A new elder abuse litigation and prevention unit within the West Virginia attorney general's office will include civil prosecutors pursuing cases against those who exploit, abuse or neglect older adults in the state, Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced Thursday.

Argentum works on Plan B as weather thwarts fly-in

Argentum works on Plan B as weather thwarts fly-in

Argentum is planning to find additional ways to discuss the Government Accountability Office's assisted living-related report, home- and community-based services and other issues after the second day of its Public Policy Institute & Fly-In was canceled due to inclement weather.

'Residents' Bill of Rights' pulled from constitutional consideration

'Residents' Bill of Rights' pulled from constitutional consideration

The sponsor of a proposal that would have added a "Nursing Home and Assisted Living Facility Residents' Bill of Rights" to the Florida constitution withdrew it from consideration by the state Constitution Revision Commission on Tuesday.

In Focus

April 18

Spreading thanks

Houston and North Greenbush, NY 

Residents of Brazos Towers at Bayou Manor, a senior living community in Houston, recently held a virtual "gratitude party" for residents of Eastwyck Village of North Greenbush, NY, to thank them for their assistance after Hurricane Harvey.