Overview of Assisted Living/Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly (RCFEs)

What is a Residential Care Facility for the Elderly?

Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly (RCFEs) — sometimes called “Assisted Living” (e.g., 16+ beds) or “Board and Care” (e.g., 4 to 6 beds) — are non–medical facilities that provide room, meals, housekeeping, supervision, storage and distribution of medication, and personal care assistance with basic activities like hygiene, dressing, eating, bathing and transferring.  RCFEs serve persons 60 years of age and older.  This level of care and supervision is for people who are unable to live by themselves but who do not need 24 hour nursing care.

Transferring Your Home with a Transfer on Death Deed (TOD) – What You Need to Know

A law that became effective January 1, 2016, creates a Revocable Transfer on Death Deed (“TOD Deed”) as a way for California residents to transfer residential property to named beneficiaries, effective upon death.

Resident Councils in Residential Care/Assisted Living/CCRCs 

 One of the best ways to improve care is to organize and participate in a resident council. A resident council is an organized group of residents who meet regularly to discuss and address concerns about their rights, quality of care and quality of life.

Toxic Medicine: What You Should Know to Fight the Misuse of Psychoactive Drugs in California Nursing Homes

Introduction Nursing homes often conjure an image of elderly people lying in bed or slumped in wheelchairs completely detached from the world around them.  Many visitors and even staff members believe that unresponsive residents are the sad evidence of unavoidable mental declines brought about by dementia or simple old age.  However, the poor quality of life for many nursing home residents is often caused not by the symptoms of their disease but by the side effects of their medications.