Consumer support / Resource Links
Jan 28, 2019

Coming to terms with the death of a loved one is difficult, especially when few decisions were made ahead of time about a loved one’s wishes for funeral arrangements. Read more on for access to a helpful resource guide created by the California Department of Consumer Affair’s Cemetery and Funeral Bureau.

Consumer support / Veterans
The Front Page
Jan 28, 2019

Veterans and survivors who are eligible for a VA pension and require the aid and attendance of another person, or are housebound, may be eligible for additional monetary payment. Aid and Attendance benefits are paid in addition to the veteran's monthly pension.  

  • The United States Department of Veterans Affairs has published the 2018 Aid and Attendance Rates; rates were effective 12/1/2017.   Read on for 2018 rates and links to resources to help you apply for the benefit.
Consumer support / Assisted Living Information
Jan 28, 2019

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 in place.  Those estimates should be increased between 3 and 5% annually. 

Consumer support / Assisted Living Information
Jan 28, 2019

Sooner or later, we all confront the driving issue - whether for ourselves or for a family member.  It's a big question mark to be sure.  Read on for a summary and link to an insightful article about the issue by Consumer Reports

Consumer support / Assisted Living Information
Jan 28, 2019

Update:  2/22/2017.  KUDOS and Thanks to our volunteer PADMA,who was able to update Assisted Living 101.  This app (written by Padma) contains terminology and context about the assisted living care model in California.  The updated app is available for download at the Google Play Store.  To those of you who have app, please refresh its content by downloading the newly updated content; to those of you who don't have it yet - its free, and asks for no private information, so there's no good excuse not to have this repository of current RCFE information at your fingertips.

Thanks to the generosity of our volunteer, Padma, CARR can now offer consumers the “Assisted Living 101” App available for download on any Android device.Seniors, families and professionals will find answers to the most fundamental questions about California’s assisted living industry. This app addresses both general and California-specific terminologies.  The app includes terms that are specifically related to California's Title 22 regulations for assisted living facilities.  Other terms are helpful for understanding general terms of care and care protocols.

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Keep in touch with what’s happening in California about assisted living and RCFE legislation and related items.