CARR's advocates Chrisy Selder and Chris Murphy trekked to Sacramento to attend the 11 February oversight hearings called by Joint Chairs of the Human Services Committee: Senator Yee and Assemblyman Stone. The legislators heard from 13 hand-picked individuals across the spectrum of stakeholders.
The genesis of these hearings was a direct result of two events: the constellation of investigative reports ("Deadly Neglect") on assisted living in San Diego published by the UTSanDiego on 9 September 2013, and the October bungled closure of a Castro Valley RCFE where CCL closed the facility but did not provide for the care or relocation of the residents; 48 hours after being abandoned by the licensee and the regulators, 19 residents were found still living in the facility, unattended and in squalor.
Following three and a half hours of testimony by the witnesses, the floor was opened for public comment. Due to shortness of time, each member of the public was limited to about 1 minute, but our comments below were prepared for a total of 4 minutes. Nine organizations and/or individuals spoke, including CARR. CARR's full remarks are provided below:
"Hi, I am Christina Selder, co-founder of Consumer Advocates for RCFE Reform or CARR for short. CARR is a San Diego based 501(c)3 which advocates for consumer protections related to assisted living facilities.
CARR"s petition calls on the California Legislature to amend the California Health and Safety Code 1569 to add a mandatory requirement for RCFEs to carry liability insurance at all times while the facility is licensed.
You must be a California resident, and be registered to vote in California. Please pass along this link to others, post on your Facebook page, tweet the message. By standing together, consumers can make a difference, and can effect legislative reform.
To find out more, read our FACT SHEET, and our blog on Mandatory Liability Insurance. It's a common-sense and long overdue tool affording a tool to gain accountability from providers.
Submitted by Chrisy Selder on February 25, 2012 - 1:11pm
Updated 9/12/2013. The UT San Diego's feature investigative series, "Deadly Neglect" recounted egregious examples of 27 resident deaths due to poor and neglectful care. It dramatically called attention to the totally inadequate civil penalty assessed an RCFE owner for causing the death, sickness or injury of a resident. CARR's Chris Murphy is quoted saying, "The penalty for killing a California condor is $25,000, yet you can kill a resident living in an RCFE, and the civil penalty will be $150 bucks."
Because of the current and important visibility of the travesty that IS the $150 Civil Penalty, CARR reprises a blog written by Chrisy Selder last year. Her blog is as on target now as it was last year. The UT reported on Thursday (9/12/13) that local legislators are shocked and amazed by this inadequate, insulting, non-deterent to poor care. These legislators are vowing to change all that. We're here to help. If you agree with Chrisy's blog, write, call or email your local California legislator, to demand meaningful legislative reform.
So, you have narrowed your search and have scheduled a handful of facility tours. You arrive to any of these tours—introductions are made, accommodations previewed, stop and observe the staff interacting with the residents, follow-up with an invitation to stay for lunch. This is the tour you can expect. This is the tour they have prepared. It is called the “marketing tour”. This is not the only tour you want.
Having worked as an administrator’s assistant, and having served as a long-term care ombudsman, I can tell you with great certainty that many facilities are doing their best . . . to hide the corners they are cutting. Some are cutting fewer than others, it is true.
CARR has prepared a "Facility Evaluation Guide" containing questions and tips based on our personal experiences; they have been condensed to educate and empower you to receive the facility tour you need to make an informed placement decision. This will be your family/friend’s new home. You should be allowed to inspect the ENTIRE facility. Treat the tour as if you were looking at real estate for purchase. Click HERE to download the Guide.