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It's a common question:  Who pays for care in assisted living facilities?  Medicare?  Medi-Cal?   Assisted living is considered a 'non-medical' care model, therefore there is no health insurance benefit that covers assisted living services.  Assisted living services are private pay.  Funds for 'private pay' come the individual's pensions, investments, savings, and sometimes - long term care insurance.  Individuals considering placing themselves or their loved ones in assisted living should be budgeting between $88,000 and $100,000 to cover the cost of care if the individual ages, and dies in place.  Those estimates should be increased between 3 and 5% annually. 

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It's a common question:  Who pays for care in assisted living facilities?  Medicare?  Medi-Cal?   Assisted living is considered a 'non-medical' care model, therefore there is no health insurance benefit that covers assisted living services.  Assisted living services are private pay.  Funds for 'private pay' come the individual's pensions, investments, savings, and sometimes - long term care insurance.  Individuals considering placing themselves or their loved ones in assisted living should be budgeting between $88,000 and $100,000 to cover the cost of care if the individual ages, and dies in place.  Those estimates should be increased between 3 and 5% annually. 

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Following successful completion of a six month pilot program to develop a uniform rating system using public documents data for California assisted living facilities, CARR received a one-year follow-on contract to launch the program.  The San Diego County sponsored program is called "Choose Well", and will offer consumers direct contact with providers volunteering to participate.  Facilities who join the program will have their facility rated, using the Choose Well Scoring tool; they will receive a Facility Profile Page where the facility can promote the amenities, care, services, price range, and philosophy of care that make them a distinguished provider in the county.  

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"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.