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Katherine C. Pearson and Resident Bills of Rights

Katherine Pearson is a Law Professor with an interest in the protection of CCRC residents.  She has advocated legislative enactment of Resident Bills of Rights.  She also testified at the July 2010 hearing on Continuing Care Retirement Communities held by the U. S. Senate Committee on Aging

In part as a tribute to her, but also to recognize the ongoing work to elevate the rights of residents in CCRCs, this page includes a compendium of the ongoing effort to shield residents from second class treatment in CCRCs.

The materials below reflect the work of Ms. Pearson and others, including Bills of Rights that have already been enacted in several states.  To the right above is a discussion of the work that NaCCRA has undertaken concerning a Bill of Rights.

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Katherine Pearson Senate Testimony

Katherine Pearson Talk
Connecticut November 2012

Katherine Pearson Background Video of July 2010 Senate Hearing
Including Testimony by Katherine Pearson

Katherine Pearson testimony et al. presented in November 2012 to a working group studying CCRCs for the Virginia Housing Commission. 
Article: The Right Time for a Resident Bill of Rights California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform: Rights of Residents in a CCRC

California Legislated CCRC Bill of Rights at 1771.7        California Resident Rights as    Incorporated into  a contract
Florida Statutory Resident Rights North Carolina Resident Rights as Example of Statutorily Incorporated Bill of Rights
Massachusetts Resident Rights Bucks County Draft Resident Bill of Rights
Positions for Residents  

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NaCCRA Web Site

NaCCRA has a Committee under the Chairmanship of Dan Seeger working to develop a Resident Bill of Rights. The Draft below is exposed for comment, much as the Model Laws have been exposed for comment.

We are eager to form Bill of Rights discussion groups in most of the 1,900 CCRCs in the USA so that they can report back to the Bill of Rights Committee with their likes and dislikes regarding the draft.  We want your input so that we can develop a work product reflective of you and your needs and interests..

Click on the link below to review the NaCCRA draft.

NaCCRA Developmental Draft of a Bill of Rights for CCRC Residents