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Ohio bill creates penalties for violations by assisted living facilities

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Ohio lawmakers are being asked to approve a bill that would create penalties for residential care facilities, more commonly known as assisted living facilities.

Senator Capri S. Cafaro (D-Hubbard) introduced Senate Bill 283 on Tuesday, which would authorize alternative sanctions for residential care facilities for offenses that cause harm for the residents.

According to a news release from Senator Cafaro, Ohio has more than 600 registered residential care facilities. However, the penalties for these facilities are significantly less than the penalties for other full time care facilities.

Under the bill, for every day the offense is not corrected, the Department of Health will prohibit the facility from accepting new residents and impose a fine of $50 to $3,000, per resident.

Cafaro says the bill would also require the facilities to be randomly inspected at least once a year.

The bill will also create a definition for memory care units within residential care facilities.

To qualify as a memory care unit, the facility would need to meet several requirements including preadmission screenings, annual assessments of the resident and a schedule of activities.

Current residential care facilities that advertise as a memory care unit will have one year to comply with the rules.

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