Assisted Living Fines Go Uncollected With Lack Of Late Penalties, Facilities Shuttering

CBS Sacramento

SAN DIEGO (AP) – California regulators fail to collect half the fines levied on assisted living homes for failing to properly care for elderly residents and, when they do, payments often arrive late, a newspaper reported Sunday.

The California Department of Social Services has collected only half of the $2.9 million in penalties it levied against facilities statewide since July 2007, U-T San Diego reported (http://bit.ly/196ljb7 ). One reason is there is no penalty for late payment.

Tender Care of San Marcos was fined $6,750 for a series of violations, most related to the home’s failure to provide employee background checks and fingerprints to regulators. Administrator German Zamora Jr. said he regretted the oversight and is making payments on the debt.

“This is a small, family-run home,” Zamora said. “We’re trying to make arrangements and trying to make it work on both ends, for the residents and for our…

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