Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal (D-Long Beach) has been named the 2013 Legislator of the Year by the Congress of California Seniors, the state’s leading advocacy organization for older Californians. The organization cited Lowenthal’s numerous bills over the past five years, particularly AB 1217, the Home Care Services Consumer Protection Act, currently pending on the Governor’s desk.
“All of us want to remain safely in our own homes as we age,” Lowenthal said. “I’m proud of the work we’ve done to enable millions of Californians to do just that.”
In February, Lowenthal introduced AB 1217 to creates a licensing structure for home-care organizations, as well as background checks and training for the aides they employ. While state law has standards in place for publicly funded home-care services, approximately 1,200 private home-care organizations operate in California with nothing more than a business license.
“Bonnie Lowenthal is a true friend and tireless fighter for seniors and the underserved,” said Hank Lacayo, president of the Congress of California Seniors.
Since her first term in the Assembly began in 2008, Lowenthal has authored bills to expand programs and services that keep frail seniors out of nursing homes, strengthen elder and dependent adult abuse laws, modernize building standards for assisted living facilities, protect mental health and caregiver support services for older adults, and establish fraud prevention and consumer protection standards for home-care services, according to her office.
Lowenthal served as the chair of the Assembly Committee on Aging and Long-Term Care from December 2008 to April 2010. She has previously been recognized as the Legislator of the Year by the California Assisted Living Association and the California PACE Association for her work on behalf of older adults.
Source: Bonnie Lowenthal’s office