Gina Chamberlain, a former RCFE licensee, is serving 286 days in jail for stealing over $50,000, jewelry, a car and narcotics from her assisted living residents. Published in the 8/13/16 edition of the North Coast Journal of Politics, People and Art, journalist Linda Stansberry reports on the criminal actions of the licensee of Chamberlain's Care House, a licensed residential care facility for the elderly (RCFE). The care home was licensed by the California Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing (CDSS/CCL) in 1996.
On 13 July, 2016, the San Diego Union Tribune' published three articles about care, staffing and death in Elmcroft La Mesa. The articles were penned by Paul Sisson, staff writer on health care issues. Elmcroft La Mesa, is an Residential Care Facility for the Elderly (RCFE) licensed by California's Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing (CDSS/CCL). The state has initiated administrative law procedures for revoking Elmcroft's license as a result of the deaths that Mr. Sisson discusses in his articles. You will find links to these articles below.
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:
PBS’s FRONTLINE, in conjunction with ProPublica, recently produced “Life and Death in Assisted Living”. The documentary focuses on the Emeritus chain of assisted living facilities, but highlights many of the major issues CARR sees in its research--
- Staffing and training issues
- The out-dated non-medical model
- The hypnotizing effect of facility marketing campaigns
- Elder neglect and abuse in facilities
We encourage consumers to watch this documentary to learn more about the risks inherent in California’s current assisted living model. If, after watching, you want to help us effect change, we invite you to donate to our organization.
On 17 August, 2011, Mr. Ronald Corn, son of Loretta Hooker, found his mother sitting in the patio of Sunrise Sterling Canyon Assisted Living of Valencia - sitting alone, without supervision, without shade, and in 100+ degree heat. This scenario played out again on 24 August, 2011 - only this time the consequences were dire: Ms. Hooker was found by her son, unresponsive and dehydrated. She was transported, in full cardiac arrest, to a local hospital. The autopsy report referenced in the law suit states that at the time of death due to heatstroke her body temperature was 103.3 degrees. The son has filed a wrongful death suit against Sunrise Sterling Canyon Assisted Living of Valencia. Read the full story from CBS Channel 2's website.
Totanes had her day in court - and what she got was 130 days in jail, three years probation, and had to pay restitution for the money she had stolen. According to the North County Times article, the judge also ordered her to surrender her passport (she is a resident alien). In an unusual outburst, the judge reportedly said " . .you should never take care of anyone else, so no one else can be victimized by your greed and inappropriate behavior." Totanes was a licensed registered nurse; as of 30 June, 2012, but her registration has since be revoked.
According to the 2009 article which follows (copyright owned by the San Luis Obispo Tribune) RCFE owners Edward and Jane Ingan were found guilty of negligence in connection with the care of then-96 year old Marian Eileen Kengel. This story underscores three key points advocated by CARR:
1. Once your resident is placed in an assisted living facility, it is imperative that you visit often, watch for changes of condition in your resident; if anything looks suspect, you must aggressively advocate for your resident's care and safety.
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.