Caddy Passes Bill to Protect Seniors in Assisted Living Facilites

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.

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Caddy Co-Sponsors Bill to Stop Domoic Acid Closures

Caddy and three other coastal legislators are working to limit closures of crab fishing due to domoic acid.

“Our crab fishers are struggling and so are their families,” said Brock Smith, whose district is affected by the recent closure. “With the delay in opening of the crab season due to elevated levels of domoic acid, and now the regional closure off southwest Oregon, our fishers are being hit extremely hard and this bill couldn’t come soon enough for them,” said Brock Smith. “This tracking and data collection will help isolate the affected areas and allow more certainty to ODA on localized closures,” he said. “This legislation will also allow for more flexibility in evisceration orders, while keeping the public safe and helping our fishing industries continue to be successful.”

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Caddy Speaks Out on Closure of Baycrest Memory Care

Letter to the Editor: World Newspaper, Coos Bay, OR

We must do better than this. 

I’m disappointed and outraged to learn that, despite multiple attempts from the state to bring Baycrest Memory Care into compliance, the current management company has failed to successfully respond to these efforts and, as a result, will now close.
I am heartbroken and frustrated at the poor conditions these seniors have experienced. In a small town like Coos Bay, many of these residents face extremely limited options for relocation, in addition to the stress caused by any change in daily routine for dementia and Alzheimer’s patients. However, we absolutely cannot tolerate exposing our senior citizens, particularly those with dementia, to substandard care.

I’m grateful to the constituents who alerted me to this problem. Since then, I’ve been working with our community and other stakeholders throughout the state to improve the quality of care in Oregon’s residential facilities. That work resulted in the passage of House Bill 3359 which improves training, staffing, oversight, and communication within long-term care facilities, in an effort to avoid situations exactly like this. Implementation of this bill is just beginning but this situation reaffirms my commitment to seeing this through.

Our seniors are some of our most vulnerable citizens and they deserve the best care we can possibly provide them. We must do better than this.

Rep. Caddy McKeown
Oregon State Legislature

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Rep. Caddy McKeown Fights for $133 Million in South Coast Funding

SALEM –Rep. Caddy McKeown (D-Coos Bay) fought hard for South Coast funding throughout the recently adjourned 2017 Legislative session. The results, over $133 million in funding which will be targeted specifically to House District 9, will build a stronger economy and healthier communities.

Bond funding for projects on the South Coast include $2.75 million for the expansion of Dellwood Hall at Southwestern Oregon Community College, and the issuance of $15 million in bonds for the Coos Bay Channel modification project.

“These projects are an investment in our community, to help ensure a well-trained workforce and family wage jobs right here in Coos Bay and along the coast,” Rep. McKeown said.

This year, Rep. McKeown, as Co-Chair of the Joint Committee on Transportation Preservation and Modernization, led a bipartisan group of legislators in crafting a statewide transportation package that will make significant investments on the South Coast.

“The work that went into this transportation package was bipartisan, innovative and collaborative. These investments will keep our economy moving, help make our communities safer, and our air cleaner,” Rep. McKeown added. “I was proud to be at the table when this package was being crafted and to advocate for the Oregon Coast, a place my family has called home for four generations. We face unique challenges on the coast that are different from those in the valley and Portland metro area. That’s why I fought to make sure the transportation package included specific solutions targeted to help rural Oregon. These projects will ensure a strong future for everyone who calls the South Coast home.”

The transportation package sends 50% of new revenues to cities and counties for local maintenance and preservation and funds specific local infrastructure projects, including:

$15.3 million per year in increased transportation maintenance revenue to cities and counties in House District 9
$40 million for replacement of the Scottsburg Bridge on Highway 38
$11.3 million per year in new transit money to transit districts in House District 9

In addition to these regional transportation projects, other major statewide bonding investments that will benefit every community in the state include:

Bond Funds:

  • $100 million for seismic rehabilitation at public school buildings statewide
  • $20 million for seismic rehabilitation at emergency services buildings
  • $80 million for the LIFT housing program
  • $10 million for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund

Lottery:

  • $30 million for Connect Oregon to finance non-highway transportation projects across the state $25 million for affordable housing preservation
  • $5 million for the Oregon Main Street Revitalization grant program
  • $10 million for levee projects around the state

Transportation:

  • $10 million per year for Safe Routes to Schools $130 million per year for transit

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