CHCF: Best Practices in Assisted Living: Considering Potential Reforms for California

While residents of California’s assisted living facilities require more health care services than in the past, state regulations haven’t kept pace.  

A number of troubling incidents that have been chronicled in the media the past few years have forced a re-examination of the regulation of California’s assisted living facilities, a popular option for seniors who do not require skilled nursing care but who are no longer able to live at home.

The laws governing assisted living date to 1985, with the enactment of the Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly Act. At that time, most residents of such facilities required relatively limited assistance, and the regulatory standards were correspondingly limited. While the California Department of Social Services, which regulates the facilities, has made some regulatory amendments, those have not altered the law’s basic framework in nearly three decades

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