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CARR's October 2019 Newsletter is out! In this issue, we cover citations in the world of assisted living. Here's an excerpt.

"One indicator that consumers can use to evaluate a facility's regulatory compliance is the citation. In this issue, we do a deeper dive into citations--contextualizing them from a policy and consumer point of view. We also give you data about citation counts by facility size."

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Did you catch Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting & Jennifer Gollan's latest article on assisted living? We certainly did. We've followed some leads in the article to uncover more about the facilities and how CCLD handled them.

By Rebecca Ruiz

San Diego's Superior Court's Judge Maino delivered justice for two vulnerable women who were raped by an 18-year old dishwasher-cum-caregiver - Bradley Thomas.  CARR attended the sentencing hearing in Dept 1302 on 29 August 2019 and was privileged to sit among victims' family members and law enforcement personnel as the sentence was delivered:  8 years in prison. This is a triumph for elder justice advocates and for the District Attorney's Office - specifically Scott Pirrello.  It may go on to serve as an example for DA's around the state to aggressively pursue criminal actions against individuals who commit crimes inside California's assisted living facilities (also called residential care facilities for the elderly - RCFEs). 

 

The current edition of CARR's Quarterly Newsletter - Full Disclosure introduces CARR's Pop-Up Senior Coaching Clinics. (To read the newsletter, click on the words Full Disclosure above.)  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). 

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...

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (Click here for all the FAQs)

Vendor

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Title 22, §87101(v)1) a "vendor" means a CCLD-approved ". . . institution, association, individual(s), or other entity that assumes full responsibility or control over a [CCLD]-approved Initial Certification Training Program or a Continuing Education Training Program."

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LIC 503: Health Screening Report Facility Personnel

Answer:

The LIC 503 is required as part of the application process, and is used to verify the health (general well-being, lack of communicable diseases, etc.) of the Licensee and/or administrator, if they are different people.  It is also used within facilities during the hiring process for staff. It requires completion and signature by a physician. 

This FAQ is in category: Understanding CCLD Forms

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LIC 402: Surety Bond

Answer:

This form, the LIC 402 - Surety Bond,  is required if a facility chooses to handle residents' cash resources (as reported on Form LIC 400).  It states the name of the bonding company and specific terms of the agreement.  Examples of when a bond is needed are: (1) The Licensee/facility employee cashes a resident's check and returns the money to the client; (2) The Licensee

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Appropriately Skilled Professional

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According to Title 22 a skilled professional (aka a licensed professional (Title 22 §87101(l)(2), or medical professional (Title 22, §87101(m)(1)) refers to a person licensed in California to provide medical care or therapy, or to perform necessary medical procedures, each acting within their individual scope of practice. This includes:

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Violation: Type B

Answer:

Pursuant to Transmittal No 09RM-18 dated 11/2009, §3-4200, a "Type B: Potential Health, Safety or Personal Rights Impact - Violations of the regulations and the Health and Safety Code that, without correction, could become an immediate risk to the health, safety or personal rights of clients, or record keeping violation that would impact the care of clients and/or protection of t

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