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Letter: Resource for assisted- living communities

By the early 1990s, the federal Older Americans

By the early 1990s, the federal Older Americans Act was amended by Congress, requiring all states to have legal counsel for their ombudsman programs. Credit: iStock

The article “Tradition of caregiving” [News, May 16] quotes author Jennifer FitzPatrick, who suggests that independent assisted-living owners form a coalition and hire a consultant to monitor regulations and shepherd them through changes.

Since 1979, the Empire State Association of Assisted Living has been such a resource. It represents 280 licensed assisted living communities across the state, serving more than 23,000 seniors.

My organization regularly addresses regulatory, funding and policy challenges on behalf of this network. We work with legislators, regulators, educators and other stakeholders to achieve clear and reasonable standards and practices for our members. Many Long Island providers are association members, including McPeak’s Assisted Living in Patchogue.

One of our priorities is to expand the state’s Assisted Living Program, which provides Medicaid funding for seniors with lower incomes.

Jen Donovan

Clifton Park

Editor’s note: The writer is public relations and events coordinator for the Empire State Association of Assisted Living.