Become a Member
I suggest you look at Statutes 651 of the Florida legislation. It covers regulation of CCRCs. We were able to get wording included that said "providers may include residents as voting members of their boards," but it does not require it. We are hoping to add legislation to require it. Some of our CCRC boards already include one or more residents as voting members of their boards.
Where can I get more information about the organizations involved. Is there a link to the AG office?
I would suggest coordinating your response with The Pennsylvania Alliance of Retirement Community Residents (PARCR). It is "an organization of residents of not-for-profit retirement communities involved in the governance of their own communities.” See
Pennsylvania Alliance of Retirement Community Residents (PARCR)
NaCCRA Board Member
Katherine C. Pearson is a nationally renowned legal expert on CCRCs and a friend of NaCCRA. She is also a professor of law at Penn State. Since the situation you are describing is in her backyard, as a manner of speaking, she might have a particular interest. You might start by reviewing her writings, if not also contacting her. See https://dickinsonlaw.psu.edu/katherine-c-pearson.
I should add the state is Pennsylvania. Any advice on an attorney that can advise is also appreciated.
Resident of a CCRC
Two CCRC giants are forming a new strategic alliance. I am a resident in independent living. There is a call for public comment that are submitted to the state attorney general (and a CCRCs attorney).
I want your ideas on what could be in public comments.
This can have a big impact, not only to this alliance but to the industry that directly affects you. These CCRCs go by the old-fashioned business model where management has all the power and provides services to passive elderly residents primarily in assisted living and nursing homes. This governance style is not suitable for today's younger seniors who are entering CCRCs in independent living and who are the majority of residents today. This is a great opportunity to get the attention of the state's legal head, in a state (like all I guess) that has no protections for those in independent living. In my state, as example, those in assisted living have protections at the state level in the Health and Human services department. They have an ombudsman to help solve problems. They have a Bill of Rights such as no retaliation for complaints. There is NOTHING like this for those in independent living.
I look forward to ideas from you on what to have in public comments.