Data & Research

CARR was the first to harvest California public records on assisted living facilities (ALF), and to maintain a database of all public records in its possession.  Unlike other databases, CARR’s data is not supplied by facilities themselves.  Rather, the data is collected from the public documents in individual ALF files maintained by the California’s Department of Social Services (DSS), Community Care Licensing Division (CCLD), and San Diego Regional Office

CARR obtains access to facility files by submitting California Public Records Act (CPRA) requests to various CCLD regional offices.  Documents we ask for are:

Data & Research

http://www.choosewellsandiego.orgFollowing 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.  

Data & Research

California Healthline recently asked CARR and other experts in the field "How should California regulate its growing RCFE industry?".  Provided here is CARR's submission.  You can read all of the submissions on their site.

The Need for Data-Driven Practices

The primary focus surrounding California’s RCFE industry is policy reform.  In CARR’s view, modification of regulatory language may do little to affect the performance of facilities without accompanying improvements to the oversight and enforcement practices of California’s Department of Social Services (DSS).  CARR’s five years spent reviewing the public documents strongly suggests a department significantly weakened by the absence of evidence-based practices. 

Data & Research

The Aging-In-Place Disparity in California’s RCFEs: Medical Needs in Non-Medical Facilities?, by Christina L. Selder, M.S. & Christine M. Murphy, M.S.Presented at the Gerontological Society of America, Annual Scientific Meeting (Social Research, Policy & Practice) on November 20-24, 2013

Purpose: The vast majority of older adults (90%) report a preference to age-in-place and research has identified the value of older persons remaining in the same place till the end-of-life.  Aging-in-place has become an integral component of the philosophy and promise of the assisted living (AL) industry.  CARR’s ongoing public record research suggests that California’s policy and practices are creating an increased risk for older adults who choose to remain in assisted living facilities (ALF) and age-in-place.  CARR’s study examined the conceptual intersection where medical needs, non-medical facilities, and California’s AL regulations come together.