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Gill-Rice Bill To Ease Seniors’ Move To Assisted Living, Nursing Homes

TRENTON – The Senate today approved a bill sponsored by Sens. Nia H. Gill and Ronald L. Rice to authorze seniors to break residential leases if they are accepted into an assisted living facility, nursing home, continuing care community or low or moderate income housing.

“It’s appropriate to help seniors in their transition to assisted living without forcing to endure financial burdens,” said Senator Gill, D-Essex and Passaic. “With this legislation, families will get help in securing the proper living environment for their elder loved ones.”

Senator Rice, D-Essex, noted that the bill, S-2112, would require a doctor’s notice citing the need of the senior tenant, 62 years or older, to move into an elder care facility or nursing home.

“It’s too difficult right now for a senior citizen to get out of a lease without incurring staggering financial expenditures,” said Senator Rice. “This bill will provide transition help to those who need it.”

The bill passed 38-0 and now goes to the Assembly.

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