'Tis the season. Flu season, that is. And for the elderly, this means additional vigilance to safeguard their health. How well prepared is your facility as we enter flu season? What preventive measures is the facility taking? Is the facility prepared to handle an outbreak?
It is well known seniors are at a greater risk of complications should they contract influenza. And group settings, like assisted living facilities, may increase a senior's exposure to contagious diseases. According to the CDC, it is estimated that between 80-90% of seasonal flu-related deaths occur in people 65 years and older and between 50-70% of seasonal flu-related hospitalizations occur within this same age group.
Consumer Advocates for RCFE Reform (CARR) reports that twenty three (23) residential care facilities for the elderly (RCFEs) are On Probation by the Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing (DSS/CCL). For families throughout the state shopping for an assisted living placement, and who may not visit the state's website (ccld.ca.gov), CARR will will regularly update this information during the first week of each month. You are always recommended to check directly with the facility or with your local DSS/CCL office for interim updates to this list.
The numbers break out like this: 74% of the On Probation facilities are 1-6 bed facilities; 8.7% are facilities having 20 - 49 beds, and the remaining 17.3% are facilities having over 100+ beds.
A Plus Loving Home, 10584 Fuerte Drive, La Mesa, License 374601314, San Diego County
A Safe Harbor, 2700 Kidd Avenue, Modesto, License 507004041, Stanislaus County
Blue Pearl Home Care II, 10018 Saint Albans Avenue, Bakersfield, License 157202411, Kern County
Blue Pearl Home Care III, 10414 Bichester Court, Bakersfield, License 157206579, Kern County
Brookdale Redwood City, 485 Woodside Road, Redwood, License 415600874, San Mateo County
"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.