LONG TERM CARE: Measure Would Create 24-Hour Resource Centers
Assemblywoman Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) has proposed a bill that would create 24-hour resource centers to provide information to seniors, functionally impaired adults and their families, the Los Angeles Times reports. Long term care professionals would advise patients and their families on their options, develop long term care plans and refer patients to appropriate channels, including home health care, assisted living and skilled nursing facilities. Jackson said, "Our goals are twofold: First, improve seniors' and functionally impaired adults' quality of life by increasing their ability to live independently in their community. Second, reduce costs to families and the state by helping these patients access the lower-cost services that make the first goal possible" (2/14).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.