San Diego, CA (7 March 2017) – Consumer Advocates for RCFE Reform (CARR) is pleased to announce Grace Care Management as CARR’s first corporate sponsor. President and CEO Cindy Hasz stated, “Grace Care Management is pleased to support CARR’s consumer advocacy work; it long overdue, and much needed by the growing numbers of seniors who are receiving assisted living placements in California.
CARR is one of the four grant recipients under the 2017 San Diego Foundation's Age Friendly Communities Program - a partnership between The San Diego Foundation and The Del Mar Healthcare Fund at The San Diego Foundation. The grant project's findings will move San Diego towards receiving an Age Friendly/Livable Community for All Ages designation from the World Health Organization/AARP.
CARR strives to develop and grow itself as an evidence-based advocacy organization. And evidence means numbers and data mining. As an intern with CARR, Daniel's job was to use his technical background to analyze and process data that could be used to answer real-world questions related to CARR’s advocacy goals. He first took the raw, unformatted datasets provided by the California Secretary of State and the Community Care Licensing Division (CCL) and formatted the data making them easy to interpret and extract information.
CARR is always in need of volunteers to help us mine public data; the day that Mr. Dylan Petersen found us, we got very lucky. He heard the task we wanted him to explore, and he was off and running. Dylan's volunteered in the spring of 2016, preceding his May graduation when he received his B. S. in statistics from San Diego State University, graduating with summa cum laude honors.
CARR is pleased to offer the thesis of Melissa Reed entitled "Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly in California: The Challenges of Disaster Planning and Response." This document is required reading for RCFE owners and administrators, the management of Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing, as well as consumers, and first responders. The topic of Disaster Preparedness is under researched, making this study all the more important for increasing the body of knowledge about assisted living in California, but also for spotlighting the deficits in planning, response and execution in the face of adverse conditions combined with the continuing obligation of the RCFE to provide for residents in care.
You can reach a CARR representative by calling us at (619) 795-2165
You can also send us an email at: .org
CARR translated its recent work on San Diego County's pilot program to develop a rating system for assisted living facilities into a commentary. The commentary was accepted for publication in the 2016 edition of Seniors Housing & Care Journal. Seniors Housing & Care Journal is a peer-reviewed annual publication focusing on applied research and best practices in the fields of senior housing and long-term care. CARR is pleased to contribute to the growing body of research on how to best translate quality of care to long-term care consumers. The full article may be viewed by clicking here.
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.
CARR extends our warmest congratulations to our Board of Director's member, Dr. Joaquin Anguera, for his recent appointment by Governor Brown to the California Commission on Aging. CARR has had the privilege of collaborating with Dr. Anguera for the past 7 years and knows firsthand how beneficial Dr. Anguera's experience and perspective will be to California's senior community.
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.