Family Working to Improve the Lives of Seniors Living in Adult Foster Care Facilities Is Asking for Your Help

Family, friends, and local advocates are working to advocate in memory of the late Theresa Sella Skrabis, a former parishioner of Holy Family – Sparta, who suffered preventable abuse, negligence, and indignity at an Adult Foster Care (AFC) facility in Michigan.

These advocates seek change to Public Act 218, which they are calling “Theresa’s Law”, after their mother’s ordeal in an AFC facility through a proposed set of updates to Michigan’s Public Act 218, which governs AFC facilities. These changes are aimed at improving the quality of life for older adults and provide Direct Care Workers (DCW) with the necessary education and skills to be successful in providing exemplary, compassionate care. Theresa’s Law would specifically address deficiencies in: DCW education requirements, oversight and enforcement of regulations, appropriate staffing standards, transparency of Resident Rights, and accountability of AFC facilities.

Currently, a bill draft is being worked on by this group of advocates for introduction by a state legislator. To learn more about Theresa’s Law and add your support by signing the online petition, please visit: www.supporttheresaslaw.com/take-action.