Napa, CA - The way Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger sees it, $14.5 billion in budget cuts would be a boon to the economic health of the state. But for the more than 150,000 elderly Californians who reside in more than 7,700 of the state’s assisted living facilities, the outcome may not be as rosy, according to the California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform.
Unlike skilled nursing facilities, assisted living establishments do not provide medical care. Seniors are furnished with their own rooms or apartments and although staff members may give reminders, help with medications or provide assistance with personal hygiene, residents must be healthy enough to live on their own.
January 25, 2008