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Failed wildfire evacuation of Santa Rosa care homes fuels new bill to protect seniors
The abandonment of residents at two Santa Rosa senior homes during the October 2017 wildfires has fueled new legislation from state Sen. Bill Dodd that would broaden the potential civil liability for caretakers who desert their senior patients.
Senate Bill 314, introduced by Dodd on Friday, would add “abandonment” to California’s civil elder abuse laws, expanding on the existing legal liability — civil and criminal — faced by those who hurt or allow harm to befall elderly dependents.
Dodd, D-Napa, cited the “unacceptable” conduct at the adjacent Oakmont of Villa Capri and Varenna care homes in Fountaingrove, where state investigators determined staff members abandoned about 100 elderly residents as the Tubbs fire closed in two years ago.
He hoped his bill would help prevent such cases in future disasters. It appears to be the first legislation stemming directly from the abandonment cases tied to Windsor-based Oakmont Senior Living, which owns the two care homes…
Social media can improve lives post-disaster – new research
Newly published research has shown the important role social media can play supporting health and wellbeing following a disaster.
The All Right? wellbeing campaign was created in 2013 to support people’s mental health and wellbeing following the devastating Canterbury earthquakes in 2010 and 2011. Research on the impact of the campaign’s social media activity was recently published in the journal Health Promotion International.
Paper co-author, University of Canterbury Associate Professor of Marketing Ekant Veer, of the College of Business and Law, says the All Right? campaign’s approach to social media ticked all the right boxes.
“While social media provides a great platform to have a conversation with a community, a lot of the time it can fall flat or feel preachy,” says Assoc Prof Veer.
“What All Right? has shown is that by getting the tone right, tapping into people’s everyday experiences, and alternating between engaging and specialised content, social media can be a force for good.”
According to the research, 85% of respondents to an online survey had taken action as a result of what they had seen on the All Right? Facebook page…
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