SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman has introduced legislation to improve oversight and standard of care at residential elder care facilities.
Eggman is among a coalition of state legislators who have authored a package of bills known together as the Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly (RCFE) Reform Act, announced in mid-January.
The bills followed revelations of severe lapses in care and oversight at residential care facilities in Castro Valley and San Diego County. Eggman is a social worker by background, and brought with her to the legislature a commitment to improving end-of-life care and care for the elderly.
The bills introduced, ABs 1571 and 1572, would 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.