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2007 Advocacy Campaign for Quality Care

CANHR will be calling on all of our members and supporters during the next few months to join our Advocacy Campaign for Quality Care. For too many years, the nursing home, residential care and continuing care retirement community (CCRC) industries have had free reign in Sacramento. The enormous sums spent on lobbying and political donations by these industry groups have reaped generous benefits for them:

  • A nearly $1 billion increase in Medi-Cal reimbursement for the nursing home industry, with few strings attached and little accountability for how the money is spent, has resulted in little improvement in the quality of care provided.
  • A weakened enforcement system with nursing home complaints now being responded to only after a CANHR lawsuit and residential care facilities subject to inspections only once every 5 years.
  • Nursing homes, RCFEs and CCRCs seek to transfer and evict residents with impunity, knowing that the oversight agencies designated to protect residents will do little or nothing to enforce the rights of residents.
  • Vital information on enforcement activities is not available for consumers to make informed choices about placement in California’s 1,400+ nursing homes and 7,300+ RCFEs. Despite repeated requests and a clear need, neither DHS nor Community Care Licensing has made this information accessible to consumers.

This has got to stop! With your help and advocacy, we can and will establish needed reforms in nursing homes, residential care and CCRCs and essential protections for the residents of these facilities.

In this issue of the CANHR Advocate, there is an insert that explains CANHR’s priorities for 2007 and how you can join our Advocacy Campaign for Quality Care. Get your friends to sign up! Write your state legislator and let him or her know that you want to protect our elders from financial abuse; that you want to protect residents from facility closures and transfer trauma; that you want transparency and information on long term care facilities; and that you want these reforms now.

Become a "CANHR Advocate" and work with us to advocate for reform!