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CANHR Fact Sheets


CANHR publishes fact sheets on a wide range of topics important to long term care consumers.

Select fact sheets are also available in Spanish and Chinese.

Most of the fact sheets below are in html and pdf format. html is best for viewing. pdf is best for printing.

Nursing Home Fact Sheets:

    1. What is a Nursing Home in California (pdf)
    2. How to Choose a Nursing Home (pdf)
    3. Nursing Home Evaluation Checklist (pdf)
    4. Admission Agreement (pdf)
    5. Arbitration Agreements: Why They Should Be Prohibited in Admission Agreements (pdf)
    6. Nursing Home Care Standards (pdf)

Residents’ Rights

How to advocate for Care

Residential Care For the Elderly (RCFE) Fact Sheets:

    1. Overview of Assisted Living/Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly (RCFEs) (pdf)
    2. Admission Agreements (pdf)
    3. Assessment & Care Planning (pdf)
    4. Evaluation Checklist for RCFEs (pdf)
    5. Dementia Care Checklist (pdf)

    Residents Rights

    1. Outline of Residents' Rights, Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly (pdf) This Outline summarizes present laws and regulations regarding RCFE Residents’ Rights. It is a source of easy reference for advocates in representing clients and for protecting and promoting rights.
    2. Eviction Protections (pdf)
    3. RCFE Closures: Residents’ Rights and Protections (pdf)
    4. Refunds (pdf)
    5. Theft & Loss (pdf)

    How to Advocate for Good Care

    1. Resident Councils (pdf)
    2. Family Councils (pdf)
    3. Filing Complaints (pdf) and RCFE Complaint Form (pdf)
    4. Self-Advocacy Approaches for Residents & Family Members (pdf)

    Financial Resources

    1. Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in Residential Care Facilities (pdf)
    2. RCFEs & SSI: Fact or Fiction? (pdf)
    3. Assisted Living Waiver (ALW) (pdf)
    4. Board & Care Medi–Cal Deduction (pdf)
    5. What happens when the money runs out? (pdf)

Community Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs):

    1. Should I Really Move Into a CCRC? (pdf)
    2. Filling Complaints Against Continuing Care Retirement Communities (pdf)

Medi-Cal/Estate Planning Fact Sheets:

    1. Overview of Medi–Cal for Long Term Care (pdf)
    2. a. Medi-Cal Recovery Frequently Asked Questions for those who die before January 1, 2017 (pdf) b. Medi-Cal Recovery Frequently Asked Questions for those who die on or after January 1, 2017 (pdf)
    3. Medi-Cal Resource Limits (pdf)
    4. Your Home & Medi-Cal (pdf)
    5. IRAs, Pensions & Annuities Under Medi-Cal (pdf) For complaints about insurance agents, brokers, or attorneys who are involved with the sale of annuities, visit the California Department of Insurance.
    6. How to Value Real Property (pdf)
    7. Community Based Medi-Cal Programs (pdf)
    8. Treatment of Reverse Mortgage/Home Equity Payments Under the Medi-Cal Program (pdf)
    9. Treatment of Funds Received from the Hycare, Inc., et al. Settlement (pdf)
    10. Transferring Your Home with a Transfer on Death Deed (TOD) - What You Need to Know
    11. What you need to know about transfer on death deeds & notarios (pdf)
    12. Using California's Spousal Impoverishment Rule for Home and Community Based Services (pdf)

Elder Abuse Fact Sheets

    1. Elder Abuse (pdf)
    2. Financial Abuse (pdf)
    3. Prevent Elder Financial Abuse (pdf)
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    4. Annuity Basics (pdf)
    5. Annuity Questions (pdf)
    6. Reverse Mortgage Suitability: Points to Consider (pdf)
    7. Reverse Mortgage Suitability Worksheet (pdf)

CANHR’s Guide to Reverse Mortgage Alternatives - Is an Inter-Family Loan Right for You?

    1. Family Lending Guide for Advocates (pdf)
    2. Family Lending Guide for Consumers (pdf)
    3. Sample Secured Promissory Note Agreement (pdf)

Miscellaneous Fact Sheets:

    1. Program for All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) (pdf)
    2. Veterans Affairs Aid & Attendance Benefits (pdf)
    3. Self-Assessment for Community Services & Out-of-Home Placement (pdf)
    4. Community–Based Services for Seniors (pdf)
    5. In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) (pdf) & IHSS Offices in California (pdf)
    6. Year 2018 Rates and Cost of Living Adjustments (COLA) (pdf)

Legal Issues Fact Sheets:

    1. Incapacity: Plan for it Now (pdf)
    2. Planning for Long Term Care (pdf)
    3. Durable Power of Attorney for Property (pdf)
    4. Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care/Advance Directives (pdf)
    5. FAQ’s Regarding Probate Conservatorship Problems (pdf)
    6. Probate Conservatorship in California - What You Need to Know (pdf)
    7. Your Right To Visit: A Guide To Visiting Residents of Long-Term Care Facilities and Hospitals (pdf)
    8. Your Right To Leave: A Guide to the Rights of Long–Term Care Consumers to Be Free From Forced Placement (pdf)
    9. Advance Healthcare Directive (pdf)
    10. Advance Healthcare Directive Instructions (pdf)

Other Helpful Information:

    1. "Did You Know?"/"Dear Advocate" archives - helpful consumer information from the CANHR Advocate.

Fact Sheets can be ordered free of charge from CANHR. Donations to cover costs of photocopying and mailing are always welcome. If you'd like a copy of any of these fact sheets mailed to you, please call CANHR at 800-474-1116.

Page Last Modified: November 6, 2018