On April 7, 2017, the UT San Diego featured an article entitled, "23 local doctors faced state discipline during first quarter of this year". CARR has been fighting to secure the same transparency for residents of assisted living facilities.
Many people see senior care as a great investment given current demographic trends, but investors might want to dig a little deeper to ensure that their money is directed towards businesses that align with their view of quality senior care.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
You can reach a CARR representative by calling us at (619) 795-2165
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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 Journal. Seniors 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.