I am writing you to ask you to join us in strongly opposing SB 503. This is very serious. Once again we are being faced with the growing dilemma of how to protect some of our most vulnerable citizens – nursing home residents. SB 503 is a last-minute maneuver that would allow nursing home residents to be drugged by powerful antipsychotics without their consent, and termination of life-sustaining treatment.
Please see CANHR’s email below and just click on the link to download the sample letter; add your name and fax to the number on the letter. I just did. It is easy and will only take a couple of minutes. Also, read Nursing Home Nightmare at the end of this post. If SB 503 passes, this could happen to you or your loved ones. We cannot let this happen. Please help us stop SB 503!
Please write to the committee (and send a copy to CANHR)
by August 2nd to register your opposition.
Assembly Member Jim Wood
Chair, Assembly Health Committee
State Capitol, Room 6005
Sacramento, CA 95814
FAX: (916) 319-2197
Email a copy to CANHR: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you so much!
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SB 503: A Nursing Home Nightmare
Imagine you are an elderly person who recently suffered a fall at home, injuring your leg and ankle. You are sent to a hospital for treatment. At the hospital, you develop an infection and suffer mild delirium. As a result of the delirium, you are prescribed Ativan, a powerful tranquilizer, and Ambien, a sleeping pill, to make sure you stay in bed to protect your leg. You are sent to a nursing home for rehabilitation. You do not sign an admission agreement with the nursing home.
At the nursing home, you receive a notice that the nursing home physician, who has never met you, has determined you are not capable of making your own treatment decisions and so the nursing home will make them for you. The physician has proposed you continue to receive Ativan and Ambien, although they make you groggy and dizzy. He has also proposed the amputation of your leg because of the injuries sustained in the fall. The notice tells you that if you want to keep your leg or avoid the sedating drugs, you must contact an attorney and file a lawsuit. However, you cannot go to an attorney’s office because the physician has ordered that you may not leave the facility due to your incapacity. You have no options.