Senate adopts Bailey bill improving safety in adult family homes

The state Senate approved legislation sponsored by Sen. Barbara Bailey, R-Oak Harbor that would improve safety for disabled residents of adult family homes.

Senate Bill 5403, which passed unanimously, would require that nonambulatory residents of adult family homes be placed in settings that allow for evacuation without barriers such as stairs or elevators.

“When there is an emergency, seconds matter,” said Bailey. “We need to be sure these vulnerable adults are in a location that allows them to be evacuated with the least amount obstacle as possible. My legislation clarifies rules that may be adopted by the Department of Social and Health Services to ensure patient safety.”

Adult family homes are residential settings that provide care for up to six adults in need of some form of long-term care. Such homes are already required to have safety plans for resident evacuation, but Bailey’s legislation clarifies existing requirements to ensure patient safety and certainty for adult family home operators.

“Not every adult family home is the same and this legislation provides clarity to residents and operators that puts patients’ safety first,” Bailey said.