Since aging is a highly individualized process, geriatric care managers must remain resourceful and responsive to deliver quality services to seniors and their families. CARR presented to the Aging Life Care Association's Western Region Chapter on "Public Records: A Versatile Tool for Senior Advocacy". CARR constructed a useful handout for attendees. You may view and download the handout in this article.
Recently, The New York Times featured a story on CCRCs. The takeaway was, for those who can afford it, CCRCs are an attractive option to age comfortably and on your terms. Executive chefs, Swedish massages and chandeliers are nice touches at any resort experience, but CCRCs should only be able to leverage this aspect of their business model so far.
Consumers must continue to be wowed by the quality of care delivered and the personalized assistance provided. With a lifetime contract, consumers need to be asking about that phase of residency when they may need a modified diet or can no longer lounge poolside unattended. Does that million-dollar service promise still apply? The public records can help consumers answer this question.
CARR, over the last 10 years, has tirelessly worked in service of our mission. We are a small but mighty organization that continually collects and leverages data to drive evidence-based discussions and policy positions surrounding the assisted living care model, the senior care industry and consumers of these services.
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As of 4/21/19, fifty-three (53) residential care facilities for the elderly (RCFEs) have an "on probation" status with the Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing Division (CCL). The authority to place a facility on probation is provided in the Decision and Order. CARR reviews CCL’s documents to update consumers on facilities currently or no longer on probation.
Despite the ongoing concerns of CARR and other statewide advocates, California’s Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing (DSS/CCL) recently released a set of guidelines permitting assisted living facilities to use video surveillance in both common and private areas of facilities. The set of guidelines was reported to have been issued in response to the growing use of video surveillance systems in California’s assisted living facilities by facilities themselves.