Overview of Services
For more than 50 years, Hanson Bridgett has led the way in furnishing legal services and business advice to residential communities, long-term care providers and specialized enterprises that serve senior citizens. Today, the firm serves as general and special counsel to more than 250 clients in the field, including operators of established facilities, developers undertaking new ventures, and lenders and investors seeking to acquire existing properties. Among our clients are many of the major national companies, nonprofit providers, investors, lenders, associations, and individual communities active in the field.
Our attorneys have distinguished themselves nationally by authoring the major business/legal treatise on senior housing and care facilities, through frequent speaking engagements at conferences throughout the country, by writing articles for state and national publications, and by serving in significant leadership capacities in such organizations as the American Seniors Housing Association, Leading Age, Argentum, the California Assisted Living Association, and LeadingAge California.
Our representation encompasses numerous types of properties and providers including:
- Assisted living communities
- Independent living properties
- Continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs)
- Skilled nursing facilities
- HUD financed housing
- Seniors apartment units
- Cooperatives and condominiums
- Home health agencies
- Adult day care providers
The firm also represents hospitals, psychiatric facilities, trade associations; hospices and home health agencies; intermediate care facilities, clinics, physician groups, medical research organizations; health maintenance organizations and other health care providers, as well as a wide variety of other for-profit and nonprofit corporations, companies, associations and partnerships, including real estate developers.
Our legal services in the area of senior housing and care include:
- Regulatory Matters
- Project Development and Acquisition
- Labor and Employment
- Employee Benefits
- Litigation and Dispute Resolution
- Legislative and Administrative Advocacy
- Business Structuring
News & Resources
Health and Safety Code Section 1418.8 ("Epple") in 2023: Updates and Reminders
Starting this week, skilled nursing facilities and intermediate care facilities in California must follow additional requirements when providing interventions that require informed consent to residents who lack the capacity to consent and do not have a representative. With the Long-Term Care Patient Representative Program operational as of January 27, 2023, skilled nursing facilities and intermediate care facilities must now include a patient representative on every interdisciplinary team convened under section 1418.8 of the California Health and Safety Code.
AB 1502 – Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Ownership and Management Reform Act of 2022
Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Ownership and Management Reform Act of 2022
Update on California's Latest Extension of COVID-19 Tenant Protections
California's eviction moratorium extended if an application for governmental rental assistance was submitted prior to April 1, 2022
CMS Updates Skilled Nursing Survey Process to Cover Mandatory Staff Vaccination Requirements
CMS published an interim final rule regarding vaccination requirements for staff working for certified providers.
Skilled Nursing Facility Weekend Staffing Level and Staff Turnover Rates Made Public by CMS
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is posting each skilled nursing home's weekend staffing levels and staff turnover rates on its public-facing Care Compare website.
California Law Now Allows More Professionals to Qualify for the Infection Preventionist Role in Skilled Nursing Facilities
New Law Requires Certification of Medical Directors in Skilled Nursing Facilities and Imposes New Reporting Requirements
Skilled Nursing Facilities must ensure their medical directors are certified within five years of the date of hire or by January 1, 2027, for medical directors already working in a SNF
California Privacy Rights Act – What's Next?
In the November 2020 election, California voters approved the California Privacy Rights Act of 2020 amending the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018.
New Monetary Penalties for Some Skilled Nursing Transfers, Discharges, and Readmissions