(a) It is the policy of this state to encourage and promote
the development and utilization of resources to ensure the
effective care and treatment of persons who are dependent upon the
services of others by reason of physical or mental impairment who
may require limited and intermittent nursing care, including those
individuals who qualify for and are receiving services coordinated
by a licensed hospice. Such care and treatment requires a living
environment for such persons which, to the extent practicable, will
approximate a normal home environment. To this end, the guiding
principle for administration of the laws of the state is that such
persons shall be encouraged and assisted in securing necessary care
and treatment in noninstitutional surroundings.
(b) In recognition that for many such persons effective care
and treatment can only be secured from proprietary, voluntary and
governmental assisted living residences, it is the policy of this
state to encourage, promote and require the maintenance of assisted
living residences so as to ensure protection of the rights and
dignity of those using the services of assisted living residences.
(c) The provisions of this article are hereby declared to be
remedial and shall be liberally construed to effectuate its
purposes and intents.