Aligning assisted living and personal care for Kentuckians is the primary goal of Senate Bill 11, a measure that passed the House Tuesday by a vote of 94-0 to modernize the state’s assisted living social model.
Sponsored by Senator Ralph Alvarado, Senate Bill 11 incorporates the recommendations of the General Assembly’s Alzheimer’s and Dementia Workforce Assessment Task Force from 2019. The current prohibition on delivery of health services was listed as a significant problem in the 2019 Task Force report.
Senator Alvarado told committee members last week it is important for assisted living facilities to be able to offer basic health services.
“The more residents have to leave an assisted living facility to receive care at a nursing home or in a hospital, the more disruption occurs to their daily routine,” Senator Alvarado said. “This bill will allow Kentuckians to receive the care they need on-site, while allowing them to age in place in a more meaningful way.”
Senate Bill 11 would also give providers options for how much care to offer residents and the providers will be required to staff, train and implement policies and procedures appropriate to the care being provided.
The legislation now heads to Governor Beshear’s desk.
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