Long-term care facilities in California provide an invaluable service to the elderly and their families. While many family members may want to care for their loved ones well into their old age, specific medical needs often prevent them from providing needed care. However, referral agencies that are supposed to help families place their loved ones in the most appropriate home possible may not be looking out for the residents best interests, and improper placements can potentially lead to nursing home neglect.
The Senate Judiciary Committee is reviewing a bill that would protect one of California's most vulnerable populations. The bill would tweak how current referral agencies operate, requiring them to disclose any interest -- financial or otherwise -- that they may have with certain nursing homes or other care facilities. Many proponents of the bill believe that potential residents have a right to know if a referral agency receives a commission for placing a person with a certain home.