Wyoming considers changing assisted living rules

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming lawmakers are considering allowing assisted living facilities to provide a higher level of care for their residents so they can avoid having to move to nursing homes.

A House committee voted 5-4 on Tuesday to send the bill to the full House for debate. The Senate has already passed the bill, which is sponsored by Sen. Charles Scott, a Republican from Casper.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reported that the bill would allow the facilities to care for people with open skin lesions, catheters and occasional bladder problems. It would also allow staffers to help those who need supplemental oxygen.

A representative of nonprofit nursing homes in Wyoming, Steve Bahmer, faults the bill for not also expanding inspections for the new level of care the facilities would be able to offer.

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Information from: Wyoming Tribune Eagle, http://www.wyomingnews.com

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