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Ingleside Assisted Living in Atascadero has one opening NOW

Sunday, September 25th, 2011

September Move in Special – $1000 off the first months rent – Mention Coupon Code: Care9

Ingleside’s boutique approach to assisted living provides you with five-star accommodations and personalized service.

This is the place that you would want to live when you are no longer able to live alone. Assisted living specializing in Alzheimer’s Dementia Care, Hospice, Our private guestrooms and great room allow you to relax in a cozy home-like atmosphere with state-of-the-art safety features and modern amenities.

Our three-acre property and wide shady porch allow you to enjoy refreshing outdoor experiences and tranquil views. Our trained and caring staff ensures that each and every person receives the loving care that they need and deserve.

Enjoy the comfort of one of our 15 private rooms each including private baths and outside patios. Engage in common spaces including our spacious open style living area and a wide shady porch overlooking our beautiful three-acre property.Completed in 2008, our modern facility includes a full commercial kitchen, chef, state-of-the-art safety features, and modern amenities.

• Emergency Pull-Cords in Every Room
• Call-Button-Activated Wrist Bands
• Personal Phone Lines
• High-Speed Internet
• Personal Cable with flat screen TV


Ingleside offers Alzeheimer’s Dementia special care, Hospice Care, and long term care

Please call and schedule your private tour.


(805) 460-6541

10630 W. Front Road (google map) (yahoo map)

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  • Location: 10630 W. Front Road Atascadero, CA
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Evaluating An RCFE Assisted Living Facility

Friday, October 30th, 2009

Evaluating An RCFE  Assisted Living Facility – A Check List
Amenities and Personal Care
RCFE Assisted living communities provide more personal care services than an independent living retirement community.
They offer a less-expensive, residential approach to delivering many of the same services available in skilled nursing, either by employing personal care staff or contracting with home health agencies and other outside

Amenities in assisted living typically include:
Three meals a day served in a common dining area
Housekeeping services
24-hour security
Exercise and wellness programs
Personal laundry services
Social and recreational activities
Personal care in assisted living typically includes:
Staff available to respond to both scheduled and unscheduled needs
Assistance with eating, bathing, dressing, toileting, and walking
Access to health and medical services, such as physical therapy and hospice
Emergency call systems for each resident’s apartment
Medication management
Care for residents with cognitive impairments
Consumer Checklist
Do the residents seem to be appropriate housemates for you or your loved one?
Are staff members appropriately dressed, personable, and outgoing?
Do the staff members treat each other in a
professional manner?
Are the staff members that you pass during your tour friendly to you?
Are visits with the resident welcome at any time?
Physical Features
Is the community well-designed for your needs?
Is the floor plan easy to follow?
Are doorways, hallways, and rooms accommodating to wheelchairs and walkers?
Are elevators available for those unable to use stairways?
Are handrails available to aid in walking?
Are cupboards and shelves easy to reach?
Are floors of a non-skid material and carpets firm to ease walking?
Does the community have good natural and artificial lighting?
Is the community clean, free of odors, and appropriately heated/cooled?
Does the community have sprinklers, smoke detectors, and clearly marked exits?
Does the community have a means of security if aresident wanders?
Needs Assessments, Residency Agreements, Costs and; Finances
Is a residency agreement available that discloses personal care and supportive services, all fees, as
well as move-in and move-out provisions?
What are the policies for refunds and transfers?
Is there a written plan of care for each resident?
How frequently is it reviewed and updated?
Does the community have a process for assessing a resident’s need for services, and are those needs
addressed periodically?
Does this periodic assessment process include the resident, his or her family, and community staff,
along with the resident’s physician?
Are there any government, private, or corporate programs available to help cover the cost of services
to the resident?
Are additional services available if the resident’s needs change?
Are there different costs for various levels or categories of personal care?
Do billing, payment, and credit policies seem fair and reasonable?
Are residents required to purchase renters’ insurance for personal property in their units?
Is there an appeals process for dissatisfied residents?
Medication and; Health Care
Does the community have specific policies regarding storage of medication, assistance with
medications, training and supervision of staff, and
record keeping?
Is self-administration of medication allowed?
Is there a staff person to coordinate home healthcare visits from a nurse, physical therapist,
occupational therapist, etc., if needed?
Does the community have a clearly stated procedure for responding to a resident’s medical
To what extent are ancillary services available, and how are these services provided? Ask if there is an
additional charge for any of these services.
Services and; Amenities
Can the community provide a list of personal care services available?
Is staff available to provide 24-hour assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs) if needed? ADLs
include dressing, eating, mobility, hygiene and
grooming, bathing, and toileting.
Does the community provide housekeeping services in personal living spaces?
Can residents arrange for transportation on fairly short notice?
Are barber/beautician services offered on-site?
Consumer Checklist
Does the community provide scheduled transportation to doctors’ offices, the hairdresser, shopping,
and other activities desired by residents?
Individual Apartment Features
Are different sizes and types of apartments available?
Are apartments for single and double occupancy
Do residents have their own lockable doors?
Is a 24-hour emergency response system accessible from the apartment?
Are bathrooms private and designed to accommodate wheelchairs and walkers?
Are residents able to bring their own furnishings for their apartment? What may they bring? What is
Do all apartments have a telephone, cable or satellite TV, and internet access?
How is billing handled?
Is a kitchen area provided with a refrigerator, sink,
and cooking element?
May residents keep food in their apartments?
May residents smoke in their apartments? In public spaces?
May residents decorate their own apartments?
Social and; Recreational Activities
Is there evidence of organized activities, such as aposted daily schedule, events in progress, reading
materials, visitors, etc.?
Do residents participate in activities outside of the community in the neighboring community?
Does the community have its own pets?
Are residents’ pets allowed in the community? Who
is responsible for their care?
Do volunteers, including family members, come
into the community to help with or to conduct
Does the community create a sense of inclusion by encouraging residents to participate in activities?
Food Service
Do dining room menus vary from day to day and meal to meal?
Does the community provide three nutritionally balanced meals a day, seven days a week?
Are snacks available?
May a resident request special foods, and can the community accommodate special dietary needs?
Are common dining areas available?
May residents eat meals in their apartment or suite?
May meals be provided at a time a resident would like, or are there set times for meals?
Additional Questions
Does the community conduct criminal background checks on employees?
Does the community train staff on elder abuse and neglect? Is there a policy for reporting suspected
Does the community have a special wing or floor for residents with cognitive impairments such as
Alzheimer’s disease? If so, is it secured?
Does the community allow hospice to come in and care for residents?
Does the community accept long-term care insurance?
Does the community allow a loved one, such as a grandchild, to spend the night? Is there a charge?
Does the community participate in the Veterans’ Administration Aide and Attendance Program? Will
the community help complete the paperwork?
Does the community accept Medicaid?
What are the most common reasons why a resident may be asked to move out of the community?

Click her to download the PDF Guide to Choosing an RCFE  Assisted Living Community from ALFA

What is an RCFE?

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

What is an RCFE?

RCFE stands for Residential Care Facility for the Elderly.

An RCFE is sometimes called “assisted living” or “board and care” facilities, they are non-medical communities  that provide a level of care that includes assistance with activities of daily living.  They are often small homes that can have 2 to 6 bedrooms or more.  This creates a comfortable  intimate setting “at home”  environment for the resident.  The RCFE community can specialize in particular resident needs because of their small size. These RCFE communities  are concerned in the quality of life for their residents.

RCFE’s serve persons 60 and older, providing room, board, housekeeping, supervision and personal care assistance
with basic activities like personal hygiene, dressing, eating and walking.

These Communities usually store and distribute medications for residents to self-administer.

The care and supervision found in these communities are for people unable to live alone, but who do not
need 24-hour nursing care.
RCFE Caregivers

RCFE’s  and are NOT  required to have nurses, certified nursing assistants or doctors on staff, although some do have licensed medical professionals on staff.

A  RCFE caregiver can  provide  basic housekeeping,  laundry services, and can  assist as needed with the personal care  and activities of daily living like dressing, bathing, toileting, Incontinence, and feeding.

Care level charges may be determined after an assessment of the resident’s needs.

The RCFE community provides staff to  prepare nutritious meals, following dietary guidelines that are recommended  by the resident’s physician.

The RCFE Community often provide transportation to and from medical appointments, shopping and activities.

In California RCFE  caregiving staff  are required to pass medical and basic criminal background screenings, and be certified in  administering basic first aid.