Story Aggregation

911 and Assisted Living

Data & Research

Executive Summary:  The acuity and medical needs of assisted living residents continues to increase.  CARR  examined the scope of the relationship between first responders and assisted living facilities (ALFs).  A quarter of 911  calls from ALFs are in response to falls.  First responders report delays in delivering care to residents, breakdowns in  communication and other barriers.  The economic impact of assisted living facilities reliance on 911 resources is  unknown.  In order to improve the role of first responders in the assisted living setting, CARR provides educational  services to fire districts requesting such sessions.

CARR Announces First Corporate Sponsor

News / CARR in the news

San Diego, CA (7 March 2017) –  Consumer Advocates for RCFE Reform (CARR) is pleased to announce Grace Care Management as CARR’s first corporate sponsor.  President and CEO Cindy Hasz stated, “Grace Care Management is pleased to support CARR’s consumer advocacy work; it long overdue, and much needed by the growing numbers of seniors who are receiving assisted living placements in California.

CARR AWARDED 2017 GRANT from San Diego Foundation

News / CARR in the news

CARR  is one of the four grant recipients under the 2017 San Diego Foundation's Age Friendly Communities Program - a partnership between The San Diego Foundation and The Del Mar Healthcare Fund at The San Diego Foundation.  The grant project's findings will move San Diego towards receiving an Age Friendly/Livable Community for All Ages designation from the World Health Organization/AARP.

Data Mining Volunteer - Daniel Kesner

Interns & Volunteers / Volunteers

CARR strives to develop and grow itself as an evidence-based advocacy organization.  And evidence means numbers and data mining.  As an intern with CARR, Daniel's job was to use his technical background to analyze and process data that could be used to answer real-world questions related to CARR’s advocacy goals. He first took the raw, unformatted datasets provided by the California Secretary of State and the Community Care Licensing Division (CCL) and formatted the data making them easy to interpret and extract information.  

Dylan Petersen - Volunteer and Data Magician

Interns & Volunteers / Volunteers

CARR is always in need of volunteers to help us mine public data; the day that Mr. Dylan Petersen found us, we got very lucky.  He heard the task we wanted him to explore, and he was off and running.  Dylan's volunteered in the spring of 2016, preceding his May graduation when he received his B. S.  in statistics from San Diego State University, graduating with summa cum laude honors.

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.

Can Quality in Assisted Living Be Measured? One County’s Approach

Data & Research

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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