Bill Text – AB-2548 Healthier Homes – Age in Place Nursing Program. – California Legislative Information

SECTION 1.

 The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:

(a) The Public Policy Institute of California estimates that, by the year 2030, the state’s population that is 65 years of age or older will nearly double, increasing by 4,000,000 people to nearly 8,000,000, while becoming more racially and economically diverse.

(b) The aging of California’s population will impact all areas of the service delivery system, increasing the demand for long-term services and supports, transportation, oral health, health care, behavioral health services, and housing.

(c) Service-enriched housing for the aging population is an important tool for solving our state’s housing, long-term services and supports, and health care challenges.

(d) California is working to adopt a statewide housing-based population health model, similar to Vermont’s Support and Services at Home (SASH) model. In the meantime, the Healthier Homes-Age in Place Nursing Program can help serve California seniors living in low-income housing.

(e) The collaboration of on-site service coordinators, community health workers, and an onsite registered nurse who will provide comprehensive support for social services needs, health education, navigation, transitions of care, and coaching, enables older residents to receive more appropriate and better care, to remain living independently, and to avoid costly health care issues, including unnecessary hospitalization and long-term care facility stays.

(f) The COVID-19 pandemic has negatively impacted older adults more than any other age group and has demonstrated that keeping older adults, especially those with chronic conditions and high frailty levels, in their homes and out of the hospital and long-term care is even more crucial than before. Health care and social services must be brought to residents where they live.

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