CARR wishes (with eyes shut tight) to afford one Exhibitor Table at an upcoming local aging conference. From this coveted spot, CARR's 2 advocates will wear mildly comfortable heels but friendly smiles to canvas the trade show floor for 17 hours & present to senior advocates our meaningful work & innovative approach to advocacy.
Due to a shoestring budget, CARR is restricted to local events & it is unprecedented good fortune that such a significant one IS LOCAL this year! This is a networking opportunity we really have a chance at. Could you please help us get there? Could you please help us spread the word about caring for our grannies & grandpas? Below are 3 bullet points to help you wrap your mind around a donation to this campaign:
The Orange County Register's, Lily Leung, reviews Orange County's most troublesome assisted living facilities in the context of state oversight and regulation. She investigates facilities with poor compliance histories located in Orange County, and looks at issues of insufficient staffing, and other quality-of-care matters. CARR contributed to this article. Read the entire article here.
"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 was featured in SDSU's Magazine, its May 2015 edition, under the NewsCenter feature: "Heroines for the Elderly". View the article here. CARR co-founders are both Master's graduates from SDSU's Gerontology department, were mentored by Dr. Mario Garrett, and since 2009 have been using their degrees to leverage their advocacy for reform of the assisted living industry in the state. CARR also has an active intern program with SDSU's Schools of Social Work and Criminal Justice. CARR heavily relies on the interns we receive each semester.
Out of 30 nominations nationwide, CARR and Sacramento Bee investigative reporter, Charles Pillar, were selected as the 2014 FAC's Free Speech & Open Government Awardees.
This was the first year the First Amendment Coalition selected a 501(c) 3 advocacy organization for the award. Traditionally, the award is given to journalists recognizing their work in promoting government transparency for the public good. CARR was selected unanimously for "demonstrating the effectiveness of advocacy using government data and the internet". CARR is pleased to have its work recognized by this award-winning organization and to be so closely affiliated with others "dedicated to advancing free speech, more open and accountable government and public participation in civic affairs".
KQED's California Report aired a series of reports on the most comprehensive reform of assisted living facility regulation in 30 years. Provided here are links to their reporting.
August 1, 2014: Down to the Wire: Lawmakers Have 4 weeks to Act on Assisted Living Reform http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2014/08/01/down-to-the-wire-lawmakers-have-4-weeks-to-act-on-assisted-living-reforms/
CARR's Chrisy Selder and Chris Murphy were interviewed by Peggy Peattie, a photo journalist with the UT. The linked video is among eight on the UT website - each offering a different perspective about assisted living: families who have lost loved ones due to poor care, a private attorney who litigates assisted living matters, Paul Greenwood - Assistant DA, County of San Diego - one of the nation's leading prosecutors of elder abuse, and an interview with a provider. Please check out these videos, as they add dimension to the series of three feature investigative articles running Sunday through Tuesday (9/8/13 - 9/10/13).
CARR's Chrisy Selder (right) and Chris Murphy were invited to appear on UT-TV's Roger Hedgecock show on Thursday 22 August, 2013 promoting the then-upcoming series on assisted living at the UT will launching in the next few weeks (Deadly Neglect). The interview touched on problematic features of the state's regulation of assisted living facilities (also known as residential care facilities for the elderly). Stay tuned to this space for additional links to the UT's assisted living series launch. (This video link is reproduced with the permission of the UT.)
Dr. Joaquin Anguera, a CARR founding Board Member, was featured in an exhibit entitled "Notes to our Sons and Daughters" benefiting San Diego's Senior Community Centers. The project features San Diego personalities photographed by Philipp Scholz Ritterman. While the photos were being taken, the individuals shared short oral histories from which life lessons and inspirational words were excerpted. Dr. Angera's conversation and words of wisdom were captured and can be viewed link.
is Obispo's KCBX Public Radio station, (serving California's Central Coast, from Salinas to Santa Barbara) spotlighted both Chrisy Selder's children's book, "When You're Older", and CARR itself in an interview with Katherine Johnson, host of KCBX's Issues & Idea's. Host Johnson engaged Chrisy in conversation not only about the book and CARR, but about the larger issues confronting families wanting to make an informed assisted living placement decision. Chrisy discussed differences between an RCFE and a skilled nursing facility, what to look for in an assisted living facility, some of