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The current edition of CARR's Quarterly Newsletter - Full Disclosure introduces CARR's Pop-Up Senior Coaching Clinics.  Our newsletter features three short pieces, each having a different focus in describing our Coaching Clinics: from information-delivery disruption to the data we've collected at our clinics.  Each quarter, we collectively decide on a theme, then we tackle that storyline from a different point of view - generally the consumer viewpoint, policy and policy implications, and of course data (after all, we are an evidence-based organization). 

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You've probably seen the Reveal articles on RCFE worker exploitation:  "Elder care homes rake in profits as legions of workers earn a pittance for long hours of care.  

The investigative reporter, Jen Gollan, contacted CARR over the last few months for background and details to make sure she was getting the content right.   After reading her expose, CARR recognized there was much unsaid.  This commentary is intended to level the playing field for consumers and policymakers, to give recognition to the broader issues at play and the assisted living facilities who are playing by the rules.

CARR, with Golden Gate Law (GGL) School’s Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Women’s Employment Rights Clinic, Hina Shah, has been pressing for legislation that would improve caregiver rights. Read on...

CARR turned 10 this year!  And, to celebrate we want to honor one of the communities we serve.

CARR Gives Back seeks to spotlight the San Ysidro Senior Center as the vibrant, community space it truly is.  Read on to learn more about CARR's Give Back Project and how YOU can be a part.

 CARR received notification from Lilys McCoy, the San Diego County Bar Association (SDCBA) president, that CARR is the 2019 recipient of the Distinguished Organization Award.  This award is given to a distinguished citizen or organization not composed primarily of lawyers or judges whose contributions over a period of time have had a significant and favorable impact on some facet of the legal system or legal community or civics education.  CARR will receive the honor at the 2019 Annual Awards Luncheon held by the SDCBA on May 1. 

Most of the public and many residents of assisted living facilities (also called residential care facilities for the elderly, or RCFEs) and their families will be surprised to learn that California's regulations allow an RCFE owner to accept, retain and store firearms, ammunition and other dangerous weapons (Title 22, Section 87309).  

What isn't included in the regulations are uniform requirements for safe and secure storage of these weapons, a weapons inventory for each firearm and type of ammunition stored, nor a public disclosure by the facility to residents and third-parties that firearms are or are not retained in the facility.   CARR is proud to have partnered with California State Senator Anthony Portantino (D - SD 25) to draft SB 172 - Firearms consisting of two parts: 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (Click here for all the FAQs)

Public file: Why review prior to placement?

Answer:

Moving from one's home into the care of others is a very complex transition. And while a welcoming smile, glossy brochure and 20-minute tour of featured amenities may give you and your loved one the reassurance you need to embark on this difficult transition, what you really need to make this transition safely and successfully, is the facts.

Familiarizing yourself with a facility's history through review of the public file, or the documents from the public file offered on this site, can help bring into focus the entire picture. Of particular interest to any consumer is a detailed review of the inspection (LIC 809) reports, and the complaint documents (LIC 9099).  

This FAQ is in category: CARR's Methods and Public Record Policies

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Volunteers

Answer:

Title 22, §87411

Volunteers may be used in RCFEs, but may not be included in the facility staffing plan.  They must be supervised and are not authorized to assist residents with activities of daily living.

This FAQ is in category: Understanding Facility Practices

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Conservator

Answer:

Title 22, §87101(c)(11):   "Conservator" means a person appointed by the Superior Court pursuant to Probate Code section 1800 et. seq. or Welfare and Institutions Code §5350, to care for the person, or estate, or person and estate, of an adult."

This FAQ is in category: TERMS

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"Transfer Trauma"

Answer:

Title 22, §87101(t)(2), defines "transfer trauma" ". . . means the consequences of the stress and emotional shock caused by an abrupt, involuntary relocation of a resident from one facility to another."

This FAQ is in category: TERMS

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Universal Precautions

Answer:

Title 22, Section 87101(u)(1) defines "universal precautions" as ". . .  an approach to infection control that treats all human blood and body fluids [mucous, saliva, urine, etc.] as if they were infectious."

This FAQ is in category: TERMS

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