13 assisted living facilities located in San Diego's North County were under mandatory evacuation orders during the Lilac Fire. The Lilac Fire, a fast moving blaze, was moving westward from I-15 near Bonsall, towards Oceanside. As of Monday 11 December, Community Care Licensing (CCL) reported all had been repopulated, following CalFire's lifting of the evacuation order. The facilities affected were:
The September issue of San Diego County's Aging and Independence Services Bulletin (AIS) features CARR and the County's recently launched rating system for local assisted living facilities, the Choose Well Program. The highlight of the feature story is a recount of the impressive spark ignited by CARR's Executive Director, Chris Murphy, to ultimately create, alongside Chrisy Selder Principal Investigator, a senior advocacy organization committed to helping an underrepresented segment of California's seniors--assisted living residents. Read the full story here.
Following successful completion of a six month pilot program to develop a uniform rating system using public documents data for California assisted living facilities, CARR received a one-year follow-on contract to launch the program. The San Diego County sponsored program is called "Choose Well", and will offer consumers direct contact with providers volunteering to participate. Facilities who join the program will have their facility rated, using the Choose Well Scoring tool; they will receive a Facility Profile Page where the facility can promote the amenities, care, services, price range, and philosophy of care that make them a distinguished provider in the 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.
On 13 July, 2016, the San Diego Union Tribune' published three articles about care, staffing and death in Elmcroft La Mesa. The articles were penned by Paul Sisson, staff writer on health care issues. Elmcroft La Mesa is a licensed Residential Care Facility for the Elderly (RCFE) licensed by California's Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing (CDSS/CCL). The state has initiated administrative law procedures for revoking Elmcroft's license as a result of the deaths that Mr. Sisson discusses in his articles. You will find links to these articles below.
CARR is one of the four grant recipients under the 2017 San Diego Foundation's Age Friendly Communities Program - a partnership between The San Diego Foundation and The Del Mar Healthcare Fund at The San Diego Foundation. The grant project's findings will move San Diego towards receiving an Age Friendly/Livable Community for All Ages designation from the World Health Organization/AARP.