Press Release – Salem, Ore. – House Bill 4129, a bi-partisan bill sponsored by Representative Caddy McKeown (D- Coos Bay) to require that administrators of memory care and assisted living facilities be licensed, passed the House Floor today with near unanimous support.
Rep. McKeown has been working with the Governor’s Office, Oregon Department of Human Services, and the Oregon Health Care Association to develop a system for better regulating long term care facilities in Oregon, to ensure seniors don’t receive substandard care or are neglected or abused.
“This all started in 2015, when I began receiving concerning reports about a memory care facility in my district. Our seniors deserve the best care we can possibly provide to them. With my father in an assisted living facility, I was compelled to act on the reports I was hearing from my constituent,” Rep. McKeown said. “We can’t have our seniors experiencing sub-standard care – we just can’t.”
In 2017, Rep. McKeown sponsored House Bill 3359, legislation that, among other things, increased penalties and fees for facilities that fail to meet health and safety standards. House Bill 4129 builds on that legislation with further steps to increase quality of life for residents in long term care facilities.
Caddy McKeown is a three-term state legislator, representing House District 9, which stretches from Coos Bay to Yachats.