We believe in the quality of life as the main priority of being able in age in place no matter where the location. This can be accomplished by providing an opportunity for a life worth living, not just time spent waiting to die.

To offer services that will insure the best elder care possible in a residential setting. We are a group of highly qualified professionals who are dedicated to a quality future in residential care for the elderly.

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New RCFE Regulations for 2015 and 2016

December 5th, 2014  / Author: Kitty

AB 1523 (Atkins) (Sponsored by CARR): RCFE Liability InsuranceSigned into law!
Effective July 1, 2015, each Residential Care Facility for the Elderly, as a condition of licensure, will be required to obtain and maintain liability insurance. Each facility must to maintain liability insurance in the amount of one million dollars per occurrence and three million in the annual aggregate to cover injury to resident or guests caused by the negligent.
Timeline:  By July 1, 2015

AB 1572 (Eggman): Resident & Family Councils:  Signed into Law

This bill would amend current laws to enhance the rights of resident councils and family
councils in RCFEs.
Timeline:  Effective January 1, 2015

AB 1899 (Brown): Forfeiture of License – Signed into Law

This bill would prohibit a person whose license has been revoked or forfeited for abandonment of the facility permanently ineligible for reinstatement of a license. January 1, 2015

AB 2044 (Rodriguez):  RCFE Staffing Requirements – Signed into Law

This bill would require an administrator or facility manager or designated substitute to be on premises 24/7, and for sufficient staff to be on premises 24/7 to carry out required responsibilities.  This bill would require at least one staff member with CPR and first aid training to be on premises at all times.  This bill would also require staff to be trained on building and fire safety and responding to emergencies.
Timeline:  January 1, 2016

AB 2171 (Wieckowski): Statutory Residents’ Bill of Rights – Signed into Law

This bill as amended would create a statutory, comprehensive bill of rights for residents of RCFEs. The part of the bill allowing residents to file a lawsuit to obtain an injunction to fight violations of their rights was stripped from the bill in an amendment just prior to its final floor votes. This means the important rights codified in the bill will have to be enforced by DSS, which traditionally has done a poor job of enforcing resident rights.
Effective January 1, 2015

AB 2236 (Stone & Mainschein): Increased Penalties – Signed into Law

This bill would have increased civil penalties against RCFEs for violations of laws and regulations from the current maximum of $150. Hijacked by the legislature and by the Executive Branch, the bill now includes an enormously complicated civil penalty system for all categories of facilities; imposes a $10,000 fine against RCFEs for physical abuse or serious bodily harm; imposes a $15,000 fine for deaths due to violations; and creates four (4!!!) levels of appeal for RCFE providers to appeal the fines.
Effective: July 1, 2015

While CANHR supports the increase in penalties for physical abuse, serious bodily injury and deaths for all RCFEs, we have serious reservations about a provider appeal system that is guaranteed to impair the assessment of civil penalties and the collections of such penalties even if they are assessed.  Legislators have committed to work with CANHR in the coming session to address these concerns with the appeal process.

SB 895 (Corbett): RCFE Suspension/Revocation of Licenses (formerly SB 894) (Text of bill) and Inspections/Evaluations of RCFEs (formerly SB 895) – Signed into Law

These bills have been substantially amended and combined into one bill which variously requires facilities to correct deficiencies within 10 days unless otherwise specified and requires the Department to post online instructions on how to obtain inspection reports offline, design an informational poster on reporting complaints and emergencies for display in RCFEs and notify the State Ombudsman Office when it plans to issue a temporary suspension or revocation of a facility license.
Leg intent to post by 1/1/2020; report to leg on annual inspections by 1/1/2018.

SB 911 (Block): Training and qualifications of RCFE staff – Signed into Law

This bill would increase the qualifications and training requirements for RCFE administrators from 40 hours to 80 hours and require facilities who accept and retain residents with restricted or prohibited health conditions to employ trained medical personnel as appropriate.
Effective: January 1, 2016

SB 1153 (Leno):Ban on Admissions  – Signed into Law

This bill would create new penalties for non-compliance, including authorizing the Department of Social Services to suspend the admission of new residents in facilities where there is a substantial probability of harm.
Effective January 1, 2015

SB 1382 (Block):  Increase in RCFE Fees – Signed into Law

This bill increases the initial and annual licensing fees for RCFEs for every sized facility and makes legislative findings that it is imperative that DSS be given adequate resources to support its mandate to provide consumer protection.
Effective: January 1, 2015

AB 1570 (Chesbro): Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly – Signed into law.
This bill would strengthen certification requirements for RCFE administrators and increase training requirements for direct care staff. It would also extend and expand certain dementia care training requirements to all RCFEs rather than just those that advertise or promote special dementia care.

For details on specific bills, go to:  www.leginfo.ca.gov

SOURCE:  http://canhr.org/

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What’s the Medicare Part D late enrollment penalty?

January 20th, 2014  / Author: Kitty

The late enrollment penalty is an amount added to your Medicare Part D premium. You may owe a late enrollment penalty if, at any time after your initial enrollment period is over, there’s a period of 63 or more days in a row when you don’t have Part D or other Prescription drug coverage (for example, from an employer or union) expected to pay, on average, at least as much as standard prescription drug coverage. People who have this kind of coverage when they become eligible for Medicare can generally keep that coverage without paying a penalty, if they decide to enroll in Medicare prescription drug coverage later.
How much is the Part D penalty?
The cost of the late enrollment penalty depends on how long you went without creditable prescription drug coverage.

The late enrollment penalty is calculated by multiplying 1% of the “national base beneficiary premium” ($32.42 in 2014) times the number of full, uncovered months you were eligible but didn’t join a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan and went without other creditable prescription drug coverage. The final amount is rounded to the nearest $.10 and added to your monthly premium.

The national base beneficiary premium may increase each year, so the penalty amount may also increase each year.

Your plan will tell you if you owe a penalty

After you join a Medicare drug plan, the plan will tell you if you owe a penalty, and what your premium will be. You may have to pay this penalty for as long as you have a Medicare drug plan.

3 ways to avoid the late enrollment penalty

1. Join a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan when you’re first eligible.

You won’t have to pay a penalty, even if you’ve never had prescription drug coverage before.

2. Don’t go 63 days or more in a row without a Medicare drug plan or other creditable coverage.

Prescription drug coverage (for example, from an employer or union) thatexpected to pay, on average, at least as much as Medicares standard prescription drug coverage. People who have this kind of coverage when they become eligible for Medicare can generally keep that coverage without paying a penalty, if they decide to enroll in Medicare prescription drug coverage later. Creditable prescription drug coverage could include drug coverage from a current or former employer or unionTRICAREIndian Health Service, the Department of Veterans Affairs, or health insurance coverage. Your plan must tell you each year if your drug coverage is creditable coverage. They may send you this information in a letter, or draw your attention to it in a newsletter or other piece of correspondence. Keep this information because you may need it if you join a Medicare drug plan later.

3. Tell your plan about any drug coverage you had if they ask about it.

When you join a Medicare drug plan, the plan will send you a letter if it believes you went 63 or more days in a row without other creditable prescription drug coverage. The letter will include a form asking about any drug coverage you had. Complete the form and return it to your drug plan by the deadline in the letter. If you don’t tell the plan about your creditable drug coverage, you may have to pay a penalty.


Source:  http://www.medicare.gov/


CPR Training in Assisted Living Facilities in California

March 4th, 2013  / Author: Kitty

We encourage ALL assisted living facilities to train their staff in CPR and the use of an AED.
Currently in California they are required to do First Aid Training… but NOT CPR.
Why CPR should be taught at assisted living facilities?
1. If a resident requests that CPR be done to them in an emergency
2. If a staff member has a medical emergency that requires CPR.
3. If a family or friend visitor has a medical emergency that requires CPR.

Moreover, we encourage EVERYONE to learn CPR and how to use an AED!

If you need a CPR Class on the central coast of California, call now to schedule your class.

CALL NOW to schedule your CPR class with Safety 1st Seminars

What is a POLST Form?

February 25th, 2013  / Author: Kitty

What does ‘POLST’ stand for?
POLST stands for Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment.
What is the POLST form?
POLST is a physician order that helps give seriously ill patients more control over their end-of-life care.
Produced on a distinctive bright pink form and signed by both the doctor and patient, POLST specifies the types of medical treatment that a patient wishes toreceive towards the end of life. As a result, POLST can prevent unwanted or medically ineffective treatment, reduce patient and family suffering, and helpensure that patients’ wishes are honored.

SOURCE:  http://www.capolst.org/

Click here for more information

How to have the “conversation with your loved one.

While the Guide was developed to help an adult talk with his/her mother about her wishes for future medical care, it can be used as a guide to talk with any loved one. It includes suggestions on how to raise the issue, responses to concerns your loved one might express, and questions to ask.

Click here to read the Advance Care Planning Conversation Guide


June 16th, 2012  / Author: Kitty


Often times, it is difficult to know where to find information – below is a compilation of
various questions and answers that may help accessing Community Care Licensing
Division (CCLD) information about facility operations, fingerprint requirements and so
much more! This is not an exhaustive list – take some time and find out more about
free tools and information to help you help those in care.
Where can I find the regulations?
See http://www.dss.cahwnet.gov/ord/PG240.htm
Where can I find out if there is a policy associated with a regulation?
See http://www.ccld.ca.gov/PG546.htm and go to the facility category of interest.
What regulation packages are in the Office of Regulation Development?
See http://www.dss.cahwnet.gov/ord/PG321.htm
Where can I find current or past issues of the Adult and Senior Care Quarterly

See http://www.ccld.ca.gov/PG432.htm
Where can I find information on fingerprint clearances?
See http://www.ccld.ca.gov/PG399.htm
Someone mentioned that there are Information Releases – where can I find these?
See http://www.ccld.ca.gov/PG493.htm]\


SOURCE: http://www.ccld.ca.gov