Bill would ban future residents with dementia, hospice needs from 12 DC facilities

If passed, a local Council bill in Washington, D.C., would ban the 12 assisted living communities in the nation’s capital from accepting residents who have been diagnosed with dementia or need hospice care, according to Senior Housing News.

Specifically, one sentence in the bill would prohibit local assisted living communities from admitting any resident who “is or has ever been diagnosed with moderate to severe dementia, or requires hospice care,” according to The Washington Post.

The bill would not result in the eviction of residents who are already in D.C. assisted living communities and have dementia or require hospice care.

Roughly 600 people currently live in D.C.’s dozen assisted living communities, The Washington Post reported, citing LeadingAge D.C.

The D.C. Council bill is being met with criticism from the senior housing industry, as well as potential senior housing consumers. 

Read the full story at Senior Housing News.

Topics: Advocacy , Alzheimer's/Dementia , Uncategorized