Bill protecting assisted-living facility residents signed

Governor Chris Christie signed a bill that aims to protect those in assisted-living facilities.

Christie signed S2458/A3732, which codifies  Department of Health and Senior Services regulations by converting a  resident’s statement of rights into statutory obligations.

“Everyone deserves to live their lives safely and with dignity,”  Christie said in a statement. “With this law, we are furthering our commitment to protect the safety and privacy of individuals who reside in assisted living residences and comprehensive personal care homes across the state.

“By spelling out those rights and requiring that each resident, designated guardian or family member be personally apprised of those liberties, our most vulnerable citizens will be better protected under the law.”

The measure specifically requires that a statement of resident rights be distributed to each resident by the assisted living facility or personal care home and that it be posted in a prominent public place in the facility. 

Among other things, such rights include safe, clean living conditions; personalized care in accordance with their health service plan; and being treated with respect.

In a release, one of the sponsors, Sen. Richard Codey, (D-27), Essex, said, “”Sadly, we see far too many seniors become victims because no one has informed them of their rights, or in some cases, rights have not been established for them.  At a time when more seniors are living in settings other than nursing homes, it is crucial that we ensure they are given full protection under the law.”

Bill protecting assisted-living facility residents signed