July 10, 2007
A new study, conducted by Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission, says that assisted living facilities in Virginia are facing significant problems.
The study looked at 583 licensed assisted living facilities in Virginia. According to J-LARC analyst Walt Smiley 20% of the complaints were about medication. Smiley contributes some of the problems to inadequate staffing, caused by a money shortage.
Smiley said the most complaints were in assisted-living centers that serve low-income patients.The report says that new state regulations have increased costs, but not funding. The new requirements include air conditioning and emergency generator hook-ups.
Smiley says that are 53 areas in the state that have no assisted living facilities for low income people.