By now, we all know someone contending with the needs of an aging family member. And while aging and dependency are not synonymous, there does come a point in time (be it brief or extended) where reliance on others will enter the picture. Sound familiar:
“I am worried about my aging mother continuing to live alone. Her memory-loss is becoming more apparent. Her ability to drive herself to the store and appointments is diminishing. Her overall health and functioning seem to be declining. I feel she would be safer with more assistance and supervision.”
“I do not know what to do about my aging father. Since my mother passed, I worry about him being alone. He can no longer keep up the house. His medication regimen is quite complicated. And his gait has changed, I worry he may fall as a result and I will not be there to help him. I feel he would be more comfortable with some additional help and prompting.”
And so, the search for support is triggered.
Nowadays, most families start with the Internet using search engines to generate potential leads. Typically, they are overwhelmed and find themselves inundated with choices, providers, articles and organizations. And their hearts sink as they discover they have no easy, reliable way of distinguishing the increasingly common entrepreneur from the knowledgeable provider committed to seniors themselves.
While earning our degrees (2007), Chris and I (Chrisy) met in a long-term care policy class. Both of us were conducting research on the assisted living care option for our thesis project. Ongoing, we shared our concerns about how little information was available on this long-term care option and individual facilities. But, it was not until we began reviewing the state's public files that we truly understood the scope of the problem and became motivated to do something.
With this inspiration in mind, CARR developed an internship program. For the last 3 years, CARR has provided a unique internship experience that allows students to learn about assisted living through the lens of the public document. Having worked and volunteered in facilities myself, this is truly a perspective that imparts more than a familiarity with resident needs and standard operations (though interns learn that too). Our interns come from various academic backgrounds (i.e. gerontology, social work, public health, criminal justice) but all are interested in making a difference in the world of senior care, and all leave more motivated than when they first came.
Submitted by Chrisy Selder on June 14, 2014 - 5:43pm
Wonderful news!! California’s Department of Social Services (DSS), Community Care Licensing Division (CCL) now offers a new, enhanced residential care facility search (click here to view). Prior to this, consumers were only able to access a facility’s name, license number, licensed capacity and address information. Now, in addition, consumers have access to aggregate compliance information on individual facilities. For each RCFE in California consumers can now view the following:
UPDATE: 6/14/2014. On 5/15/14 AB 1523 received the full support of the Assembly, with a vote of 77 ayes to 0 nays. The bill moved on to the Senate's Human Services Committee where it was passed through on consent. CARR is proud to have worked with Speaker Tony Atkins Office to create a common-sense piece of legislation that has received bipartisan support.
AB 1523 was voted out of Assembly Appropriations Committee with unanimous support as well.
During the initial proceedings on Tuesday, 8 April, the Assembly Human Services (AHS) Committee (Stone, Chair) heard many bills under its purview, one of which was AB 1523 - requiring RCFEs to carry and maintain liability insurance as a condition of licensure. The bill is carried by Assembly Speaker-Elect Toni Atkins and Assembly Member Shirley Weber, and sponsored by CARR.