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(by Rebecca Ruiz)

Coming to terms with the death of a loved one is difficult, especially when few decisions were made about the loved one’s wishes about funeral arrangements. In an effort to make this time easier, The California Department of Consumer Affair’s Cemetery and Funeral Bureau created “Consumer Guide to Funeral and Cemetery Purchases”, to aid and inform family members about their options and rights during the funeral and burial decision making process.

It provides information on the relevant laws and regulations, and the legal aspect of decision-making, and lists all the possible steps and options that may apply during this process. It also encourages making arrangements in advance (also known as pre-planning or pre-need) to save family members from making decisions while grieving, which could keep them from being taken advantage of during their time of vulnerability.

CARR has reproduced the guide so consumers like you can download this booklet, and quickly access its information.

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How To Use Our Statewide Facility Search

Enter values in the appropriate fields. You don't have to fill in all the fields' You can use any or all of the name, etc. For example, To find Mount Helix Manor Elder Care you could enter "Manor" in the Name field and "La Mesa" in the City field then click the "Find a Facility" button

Some names might use abbreviated words such as "Casa St. James" while others might spell out the word such as " Saint Mary Homecare" so you may try several spellings before you find your facility.

Please note: A maximum of 60 facilities can be viewed. If you have more than 60 found facilities, you may want to be more specific in your search.

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The September issue of San Diego County's Aging and Independence Services Bulletin (AIS) features CARR and the County's recently launched rating system for local assisted living facilities, the Choose Well Program.  The highlight of the feature story is a recount of the impressive spark ignited by CARR's Executive Director, Chris Murphy, to ultimately create, alongside Chrisy Selder Principal Investigator, a senior advocacy organization committed to helping an underrepresented segment of California's seniors--assisted living residents.  Read the full story here. 

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13 assisted living facilities located in San Diego's North County were under mandatory evacuation orders during the Lilac Fire.  The Lilac Fire, a fast moving blaze, was moving westward from I-15 near Bonsall,  towards Oceanside.  As of Monday 11 December, Community Care Licensing (CCL) reported all had been repopulated, following CalFire's lifting of the evacuation order.  The facilities affected were:


News / CARR in the news

CARR announced 13 September 2017 that it has received an AARP Community Challenge Grant.  CARR is only one of 4 AARP Community Challenge Grant recipients in California.

News / CARR in the news

On 1 August, 2017, San  Diego County made it official:  Choose Well is now a recognized public program!  

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Data & Research

Our review of CCL licensing data found 40% of facilities receive their license more than 120 days following their first pre-licensing visit.  Facilities may contact their local state representatives explaining to them the financial hardship associated with a delay in licensure. Contact information for your local representative(s) is available in the following article.