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CARR's recent project Long-Term Care Housing for an Age-Friendly San Diego: A Review & Assessment of Assisted Living Accessibility researched the availability and affordability of assisted living in San Diego's 39 communities.  The results for South Bay demonstrated the community has one bed for every 247 seniors 65+ and 42% of the 65

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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.

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CARR translated its recent work on San Diego County's pilot program to develop a rating system for assisted living facilities into a commentary.  The commentary was accepted for publication in the 2016 edition of Seniors Housing & Care JournalSeniors Housing & Care Journal is a peer-reviewed annual publication focusing on applied research and best practices in the fields of senior housing and long-term care.  CARR is pleased to contribute to the growing body of research on how to best translate quality of care to long-term care consumers.  The full article may be viewed by clicking here.

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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.

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CARR continues to receive calls from families looking for assisted living care their family or friend can "afford".  With the median cost of assisted living care estimated at around $4,000 per month, and dementia care costing two to three times this amount, statewide advocacy to expand California's (Medicaid) Assisted Living Waiver Program (ALWP) is essential for low and middle income seniors who need this form of care.  The ALWP waiver is up for renewal in 2019.  CARR has compiled current ALWP facts and figures to facilitate discussions among policymakers, advocates, professionals and consumers aimed at (1) increasing the number of ALWP waiver slots and (2) increasing SSI rates and/or ALWP reimbursement rates to more closely align with the cost of care. 

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A recently released Bankrate survey reports Americans are saving little or nothing of their annual income and half could end up struggling in retirement.  

20% of those surveyed save 0% of their annual income while those who do save were found to not be saving enough.  Experts recommend setting aside 15% of one’s annual income, but of those surveyed– 16% report saving at the 15% level, 25% report saving 10-6%, and 21% save 5% or less.

The survey notes those 55-64 years of age, who do have retirement savings, have a median savings of $120,000, and those 65-74 years old have saved a median of $126,000.  Even when factoring in Social Security, these reserves will not last long in the absence of paychecks ($1,342 is the 2017 average monthly Social Security benefit) exposing seniors to the risks of a lower standard of living in retirement and/or an inability to afford an emergency expense. 

Another risk retirees must consider is the potential need for long-term care and the associated cost.  Assisted living is an increasingly popular option within the continuum of long term care. CARR recently received funding from The San Diego Foundation to examine the affordability of assisted living in San Diego. The median lifetime cost of assisted living in San Diego is estimated as $88,000 or $4,000 per month for 22 months.  CARR’s Assisted Living Accessibility study found 32 of San Diego’s 39 communities have 20-60% of seniors, 65 years and over, unable to afford lifetime assisted living costs, even when factoring in home equity.