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.
BackgroundIn March 2006, Medi-Cal began paying for assisted living care for qualified aged and disabled residents of Los Angeles, Sacramento and San Joaquin counties under the Assisted Living Waiver (ALW).
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.