Sen. Miramant bill would protect residents of assisted living facilities

Posted: February 21, 2019 | Health and Human Services, Senator Miramant

AUGUSTA — A bill by Sen. Dave Miramant, D-Camden, to protect residents of assisted living facilities received a public hearing before the Legislature’s Health and Human Services Committee on Wednesday. The bill, LD 363, “An Act To Protect Residents of Assisted Living Facilities,” would require that assisted living facilities have a staff member on duty who is trained to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and to use an automated electronic defibrillator (AED).

“Although assisted living facilities are not nursing homes, I believe any facility that provides some assistance to its residents carries a burden of supporting them with basic lifesaving skills,” said Sen. Miramant. “These skills are easily taught and can keep people alive while ambulances are en route.”

The problem was brought to Sen. Miramant’s attention by a constituent who worked at an assisted living facility that barred employees from performing CPR on residents. This created a problem for her because not only is she trained in the procedure, she is a first responder obligated to use her skills in life-threatening situations.

In addition to requiring that assisted living facilities have someone on duty who is trained to perform CPR and administer an AED, the bill specifies that an AED must be available to any person who is trained to use it and that no restriction on the use of these lifesaving procedures can be required or inferred.

LD 363 will be heard in a work session in the Health and Human Services Committee before votes in the full Legislature.