Data & Research

Data-Driven, and Evidence-Based

Knowledge is Power

CARR's Data and Research articles keep consumers and interested professionals

apprised of trending issues in the both the data and research arenas.

Discussion On Perceptions of Aging

Data & Research

"Why is there a drastic difference in people's perceptions of aging versus reality?" This was the question recently put to 44 experts in the field of aging by They compiled these responses to produce the report, American's Misconception On Aging. CARR was one of the contributors, alongside Dr. Bill Thomas, the SCAN Foundation and the American Health Care Association.  Below are some of the key findings and an excerpt from our contribution.  The entire report may be viewed here.

RCFE Disaster Preparedness. . .Or Not?

Data & Research

CARR is pleased to offer the thesis of Melissa Reed entitled "Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly in California:  The Challenges of Disaster Planning and Response."  This document is required reading for RCFE owners and administrators, the management of Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing, as well as consumers, and first responders.   The topic of Disaster Preparedness is under researched, making this study all the more important for increasing the body of knowledge about assisted living in California, but also for spotlighting the deficits in planning, response and execution in the face of adverse conditions combined with the continuing obligation of the RCFE to provide for residents in care.

Value of Public Documents

Data & Research

The value of CARR's Facility Search is that you are able to read the evaluations state inspectors (LPAs) have written about the regulatory compliance of any facility on our site.  You can also access the public documents of assisted living facilities by submitting a California Public Records Act Request to your local CCL Regional Office, or you can now view some public records online at Licensed Care/Start Facility Search, then enter the name of the facility you are interested in.  

The benefit of reviewing the public file is that consumers don't have to rely on a facility's assertion that the "food is delicious," or that they "have sufficient staff at all times".  You can now conveniently read the state's evaluations (LIC 809s) and complaint reports (LIC 9099s) for yourself to evaluate whether those assertions, and others, are correct.  

CARR's Research on Medical Needs in Non-Medical Facilities

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.