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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. 

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CARR Develops an Assisted Living Accessibility Index for an Age-Friendly San Diego

The rapid growth of America’s senior population has engendered candid, pragmatic and philosophical discussions about aging by thought-leaders in government, medicine, social work, financial institutions, education and a myriad of other disciplines.  AARP’s Age-Friendly Communities movement is a prime example of one the innovative approaches born from these multi-disciplinary discussions.  San Diego, as well as 198 other cities across the nation, is actively pursuing AARP’s Age-Friendly Communities designation.

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Following successful completion of a six month pilot program to develop a uniform rating system using public documents data for California assisted living facilities, CARR received a one-year follow-on contract to launch the program.  The San Diego County sponsored program is called "Choose Well", and will offer consumers direct contact with providers volunteering to participate.  Facilities who join the program will have their facility rated, using the Choose Well Scoring tool; they will receive a Facility Profile Page where the facility can promote the amenities, care, services, price range, and philosophy of care that make them a distinguished provider in the county.  

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"CARR is honored to be the County of San Diego's vendor entrusted with developing a fair rating system deserving the confidence of the public and providers." --Chris Murphy, CARR's Executive Director

SAN DIEGO, Calif., May 5, 2015 -- The County of San Diego, Aging & Independence Services awarded Consumer Advocates for RCFE Reform (CARR) a fixed price contract for a pilot project to create a rating system for the County's assisted living facilities, and to develop a consumer-friendly website to display the ratings and facility information.  The pilot program is a six-month effort with a current contract value of $50,000.

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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.

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"Why is there a drastic difference in people's perceptions of aging versus reality?" This was the question recently put to 44 experts in the field of aging by SeniorCare.com. They compiled these responses to produce the report, American's Misconception On Aging. CARR was one of the contributors, alongside Dr. Bill Thomas, the SCAN Foundation and the American Health Care Association.  Below are some of the key findings and an excerpt from our contribution.  The entire report may be viewed here.

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The Assisted Living Waiver Program (ALWP), administered by the California Department of Health Care Services, has 326 RCFEs enrolled in the program as of May 2018, up from 295 in February 2018.

The purpose of this program is to allow residents who are low-income, and who would otherwise qualify for skilled nursing, to receive, as a Medi-Cal benefit, services that would otherwise not be reimbursed when delivered in the non-medical care setting of an assisted living facility.  Medi-Cal recipients can also receive SSI in California. For information on the program, please visit DHCS website.

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"CARR is honored to be the County of San Diego's vendor entrusted with developing a fair rating system deserving the confidence of the public and providers." --Chris Murphy, CARR's Executive Director

SAN DIEGO, Calif., May 5, 2015 -- The County of San Diego, Aging & Independence Services awarded Consumer Advocates for RCFE Reform (CARR) a fixed price contract for a pilot project to create a rating system for the County's assisted living facilities, and to develop a consumer-friendly website to display the ratings and facility information.  The pilot program is a six-month effort with a current contract value of $50,000.

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CARR was the first to harvest California public records on assisted living facilities (ALF), and to maintain a database of all public records in its possession.  Unlike other databases, CARR’s data is not supplied by facilities themselves.  Rather, the data is collected from the public documents in individual ALF files maintained by the California’s Department of Social Services (DSS), Community Care Licensing Division (CCLD), and San Diego Regional Office

CARR obtains access to facility files by submitting California Public Records Act (CPRA) requests to various CCLD regional offices.  Documents we ask for are:

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Following successful completion of a six month pilot program to develop a uniform rating system using public documents data for California assisted living facilities, CARR received a one-year follow-on contract to launch the program.  The San Diego County sponsored program is called "Choose Well", and will offer consumers direct contact with providers volunteering to participate.  Facilities who join the program will have their facility rated, using the Choose Well Scoring tool; they will receive a Facility Profile Page where the facility can promote the amenities, care, services, price range, and philosophy of care that make them a distinguished provider in the county.  

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