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FACT SHEET: NEW LAW BANS NEW ADMISSIONS INTO NONCOMPLIANT RCFES

Click here for printable fact sheet: SB 1153 (Leno) Residential care facilities for the elderly Background: The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) oversees licensing and regulation of Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly (RCFEs). RCFEs are also known as assisted living facilities, retirement homes, and board and care homes. RCFEs provide housing and services to persons 60 years of age and over and persons under 60 with compatible needs. RCFE employees supervise and assist older adults with activities of daily living, such as bathing. Old law: CDSS may deny RCFEs license applications or suspensions for rules and regulations violations, conduct which harms the health, morals, welfare, or safety of a resident; engaging in acts of financial malfeasance concerning operation of the facility; etc. CDSS may assess civil penalties of $25 to $50 per violation per day for each violation, except where the seriousness of the violation warrants a higher penalty, not to exceed $150 per day per violation. Issue: Over 7,500 RCFEs with 174,000 beds are licensed with...

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FACT SHEET: NEW LAW REQUIRES ADDITIONAL TRAINING REQUIREMENTS FOR RCFE ADMINISTRATORS AND STAFF

Click here for printable fact sheet: SB 911 (Block) Residential care facilities for the elderly Background: The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) oversees licensing and regulation of Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly (RCFEs). RCFEs are also known as assisted living facilities, retirement homes, and board and care homes. RCFEs provide housing and services to persons 60 years of age and over and persons under 60 with compatible needs. RCFE employees supervise and assist older adults with activities of daily living, such as bathing and dressing. Old law: A license applicant and RCFE administrator is required to complete a certification program, which includes a minimum of 40 hours of classroom instruction. The certification is valid for two years and recertification requires 40 hours of continuing education. Staff members who provide direct care must receive 10 hours of initial training within the first four weeks of employment and at least 4 hours annually. Issue: Over 7,500 RCFEs with 174,000 beds are licensed with CDSS. These facilities now serve more...

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FACT SHEET: NEW LAW REQUIRES RCFES TO REMEDY DEFICIENCIES

Click here for printable fact sheet: SB 895 (Corbett) Residential care facilities for the elderly Background: The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) oversees licensing and regulation of Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly (RCFEs). RCFEs are also known as assisted living facilities, retirement homes, and board and care homes. RCFEs provide housing and services to persons 60 years of age and over and persons under 60 with compatible needs. RCFE employees supervise and assist older adults with activities of daily living, such as bathing. Old law: CDSS is required to perform random inspections each year on 30% of the RCFE facilities which have had a history of compliance issues and 20% of RCFE facilities which do not have a history of compliance issues. CDSS must visit every RCFE once every 5 years. Any person can request an inspection of any RCFE by submitting an oral or written request. CDSS is required to make a preliminary review and an onsite inspection within 10 days after receiving the complaint. CDSS...

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ELA Supports the RCFE Reform Act of 2014

Elder Law & Advocacy recognizes the overwhelming need to strengthen oversight and regulation of RCFEs. What is a Residential Care Facility for the Elderly (RCFE)? Also known as an assisted living facility, retirement home, and board and care home. Provides services to persons 60 years of age and over and persons under 60 with compatible needs. Supervises and assists with activities of daily living, such as bathing and grooming. May provide incidental medical services under special care plans. Ranges in size from six beds or less to over 100 beds. Over 174,000 California residents live in over 7,500 RCFEs. Critical Health and Safety Issues: Inadequate training for RCFE administrators and care providers. Infrequent inspections of facilities. Uninformed residents and families. Unresponsive and insufficient investigations of complaints involving abuse of residents. Paltry, disproportionate fines for violations. No accountability for RCFEs that break the rules. Lack of public transparency as to deficiencies, complaints, civil penalties, licensing, facility ownership. What is the RCFE Reform Act of 2014? The RCFE Reform Act of...

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Disaster Preparedness Seminar

Are you a home care provider or caregiver for a person with disabilities?  On November 16, the County of San Diego Office of Emergency Services is providing a free seminar to train home care providers, caregivers, and facility administrators of people with disabilities on how to be prepared in case of a disaster. The seminar is on Saturday, November 16, 2013 at San Diego State University in the Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center. Information for home care providers and caregivers will be presented from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Information for facility administrators will be presented from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM. To reserve your seat, please RSVP by November 1, 2013. You may RSVP by emailing seminar@mjemarketing.com or by calling (855) 630-9900. The Parma Payne Goodall Center is located at 5252 55th Street, San Diego, 92115, near the intersection of Hardy Avenue and 55th Street. Parking is available in Parking Structure 5. Both the seminar and parking are being provided free of charge for all attendees. To see...

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Special Event for Operation Family Caregiver

Please join Southern Caregiver Resource Center at a special event benefiting military families throughout Southern California on November 6, 2013. Southern Caregiver Resource Center started a new program called Operation Family Caregiver (formerly known as the Wounded Warrior Family Caregiver Outreach Program).  The program helps family caregivers of Veterans from the war in Iraq and Afghanistan who return home with traumatic brain injury (TBI) coupled with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In support of the program, we are hosting a very special event on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 from 4:30pm – 7pm at the Veterans Museum & Memorial Center in Balboa Park.  The event will bring together a number of high ranking military officers and personnel, elected officials, community leaders and media.  We will have a special video presentation from Congresswoman Susan Davis, and Jennifer Town, Director of the C5 Unit at the Naval Medical Center, will be one of our guest speakers.  There will also be a presentation from a young military family that will speak about the...

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