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RCFE Disaster Preparedness. . .Or Not?
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. A tall order to be sure, and one not many RCFEs measure up to.
Ms. Reed's thesis addresses an issue few consumers think of when making a placement: What plans does the RCFE have in place to timely respond to a disaster, while also caring for my resident? Her findings are unsettling, and indicate California's RCFEs may not be adequately prepared or trained to respond in times of man-made or natural disasters. Legislators may also find this thesis offers avenues for RCFE legislative reform.
Consumer Advocates for RCFE Reform (CARR) is always eager and pleased to provide raw data in the form of public documents to graduate-level students to enhance their research with relevant public information on some aspect of assisted living services, regulations, or industry practices. CARR was approached by Melissa Wing (nee Reed) in early 2016 asking whether we had relevant data concerning Emergency Disaster Plans (LIC610s in DSS/CCL's lexicon of form numbers). This is the second thesis where CARR's data has made a contribution.
Ms. Reed's paper is available for accessing here, but it may not be reproduced in any form without Ms. Reed's prior written consent. The report is accessible for individuals and facilities for enhancing their understanding of the issues, and improving the disaster response in facilities.