News Summary

NEWS SUMMARY houses articles in three categories (RCFEs, Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing (DSS/CCL) or about us.  We collect the articles from journals, newspapers and other media outlets. You'll find it all in NEWS SUMMARY. 

Roger Hedgecock's Interview with CARR Founders

News / CARR in the news

CARR's Chrisy Selder (right) and Chris Murphy were invited to appear on UT-TV's Roger Hedgecock show on Thursday 22 August, 2013 promoting the then-upcoming series on assisted living at the UT will launching in the next few weeks (Deadly Neglect).  The interview touched on problematic features of the state's regulation of assisted living facilities (also known as residential care facilities for the elderly). Stay tuned to this space for additional links to the UT's assisted living series launch.  (This video link is reproduced with the permission of the UT.) 

San Diego Union Tribune's Paul Sisson Investigates: Perilous Quarters

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Perilous Quarters - Paul SissonOn 13 July, 2016, the San Diego Union Tribune' published three articles about care, staffing and death in Elmcroft La Mesa.  The articles were penned by Paul Sisson, staff writer on health care issues.  Elmcroft La Mesa, is an Residential Care Facility for the Elderly (RCFE) licensed by California's Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing (CDSS/CCL).  The state has initiated administrative law procedures for revoking Elmcroft's license as a result of the deaths that Mr. Sisson discusses in his articles.  You will find links to these articles below.

KCBX Public Radio Interviews Gerontologist C Selder

News / CARR in the news

is Obispo's KCBX Public Radio station, (serving California's Central Coast, from Salinas to Santa Barbara) spotlighted both Chrisy Selder's children's book, "When You're Older", and CARR itself in an interview with Katherine Johnson, host of  KCBX's Issues & Idea's.  Host Johnson engaged Chrisy in conversation not only about the book and CARR, but about the larger issues confronting families wanting to make an informed assisted living placement decision.  Chrisy discussed differences between an RCFE and a skilled nursing facility, what to look for in an assisted living facility, some of

Cause of Death: Sunrise Valencia

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On 17 August, 2011, Mr. Ronald Corn, son of Loretta Hooker, found his mother sitting in the patio of Sunrise Sterling Canyon Assisted Living of Valencia - sitting alone, without supervision, without shade, and in 100+ degree heat.  This scenario played out again on 24 August, 2011 - only this time the consequences were dire:  Ms. Hooker was found by her son, unresponsive and dehydrated.  She was transported, in full cardiac arrest, to a local hospital. The autopsy report referenced in the law suit states that at the time of death due to heatstroke her body temperature was 103.3 degrees.  The son has filed a wrongful death suit against Sunrise Sterling Canyon Assisted Living of Valencia. Read the full story from CBS Channel 2's website

ProPublica Spotlights Risks to Assisted Living Residents

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Legislative ChangeVisitors to CARR's site, and our Twitter and Facebook followers are encouraged to read the ProPublica article "Elderly, At Risk and Haphazardly Protected" by AC Thompson and Jonathan Jones.  The article is a litany of inadequate consumer protections and lack of meaningful state oversight for assisted living facilities throughout the US.    

Totanes Pleas Guilty to 7 Felony Charges

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Totanes had her day in court - and what she got was 130 days in jail, three years probation, and had to pay restitution for the money she had stolen.  According to the North County Times article, the judge also ordered her to surrender her passport (she is a resident alien).  In an unusual outburst, the judge reportedly said " . .you should never take care of anyone else, so no one else can be victimized by your greed and inappropriate behavior."   Totanes was a licensed registered nurse; as of 30 June, 2012, but her registration has since be revoked.

Verdict Against Los Osos Licensees Ingan

News / RCFEs in the news

According to the 2009 article which follows (copyright owned by the San Luis Obispo Tribune) RCFE owners Edward and Jane Ingan were found guilty of negligence in connection with the care of then-96 year old Marian Eileen Kengel. This story underscores three key points advocated by CARR:

1.  Once your resident is placed in an assisted living facility, it is imperative that you visit often, watch for changes of condition in your resident; if anything looks suspect, you must aggressively advocate for your resident's care and safety.  

Orange County Register Looks at RCFEs

News / CARR in the news

The Orange County Register's, Lily Leung, reviews Orange County's most troublesome assisted living facilities in the context of state oversight and regulation.  She investigates facilities with poor compliance histories located in Orange County, and looks at issues of insufficient staffing, and other quality-of-care matters.  CARR contributed to this article. Read the entire article  here.