CARR-sponsored AB 1523, requiring all assisted living facilities in California to carry liability insurance, went into effect today 7/1/15. This legislation, co-authored by Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins and Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, closed a 30 year old regulatory gap.
Prior to its passing last August, CARR's research found that approximately 87% of San Diego RCFEs elected to not carry liability insurance, despite caring for frail, dependent seniors. CARR believes this marks a major step forward for consumer protections inside assisted living facilities. CARR encourages seniors and their families to ask for proof of liability insurance when considering a facility for placement.
"CARR is honored to be the County of San Diego's vendor entrusted with developing a fair rating system deserving the confidence of the public and providers." --Chris Murphy, CARR's Executive Director
SAN DIEGO, Calif., May 5, 2015 -- The County of San Diego, Aging & Independence Services awarded Consumer Advocates for RCFE Reform (CARR) a fixed price contract for a pilot project to create a rating system for the County's assisted living facilities, and to develop a consumer-friendly website to display the ratings and facility information. The pilot program is a six-month effort with a current contract value of $50,000.
CARR is pleased to be featured in SDSU's NewsCenter this week, "Heroines for the Elderly". To view the article, click here. It is our hope that this mention inspires more committed interns and members of the community to join our cause.
"Why is there a drastic difference in people's perceptions of aging versus reality?" This was the question recently put to 44 experts in the field of aging by SeniorCare.com. They compiled these responses to produce the report, American's Misconception On Aging. CARR was fortunate enough to be selected as one of the contributors, alongside Dr. Bill Thomas, the SCAN Foundation and the American Health Care Association. Below are some of the key findings and an excerpt from our contribution. The entire report may be viewed here.