October is national resident’s right month

October is national residents right month. The theme for 2012 resident’s right month is “My voice, My Vote, My right”. To honor residents in all long term care and facilities, including nursing homes, assisted living, board and care retirement communities to encourage resident’s to vote and participate in the political process. Click here to learn […]

RCFE First Aid Training Requirements

We are often asked about first aid training requirements in an RCFE. Regulation 87411 clearly requires first aid training for “staff providing care.” The RCFE Evaluator Manual provides clarification on who is exempt from first aid training requirements: 

Written Approval Required for Wander Alert Wristbands

California RCFE regulation 87705 requires that residents or their conservator (if applicable) provide written approval prior to using wristbands or other egress alert device, such as WanderGuard:

Preventing Transmission of Shingles

According to the CDC, nearly 1 out of every 3 people in the United States will develop shingles. Also known as zoster or herpes zoster, shingles is a painful skin rash caused by the varicella zoster virus. The risk of getting the disease increases with age, so care providers in assisted living and residential care […]

Full Bed Rails for Hospice Residents in an RCFE

A regular Tuesday Tip reader recently asked, “Can a resident in an RCFE have full bed rails if he/she is receiving hospice services?” The short answer is yes. The use of bed rails is addressed in RCFE regulation 87608 which states:

Postural Supports in an RCFE

Special thanks to Kirk Miyake from Kokoro Assisted Living for this week’s Tuesday Tip. There may be times when a resident requires the use of a tray, soft tie, or other device to maintain body position and balance, or to improve mobility. RCFE regulation 87608 and CCL policy refer to these devices as postural supports […]

Notification of Rate Changes in an RCFE

How much notice must be given prior to increasing rates charged to residents in an RCFE? Residents must given at least 60 days prior written notice before in increases in rate structures.  This answer comes from California Health and Safety Code Section 1569.655:

Preparing Residents for Medical Appointments

Assisting residents with transportation is an important service offered by assisted living and residential care providers.  Medical appointments are a common destination for our residents.  Here are a few things to consider when preparing a resident for transportation to a medical appointment:

Resident Councils

According to California regulation 87221 Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly (RCFE) in California must allow residents to hold resident council meetings. The RCFE is also required to provide basic assistance and space for the meeting, and leave at least part of the meeting so that residents can meet in private. Specifically, regulations state:

Morphine Administration in an RCFE

This week’s Tuesday Tip is in response to one of the most common questions we are asked: What are the regulations/best practice in an RCFE for the administration of morphine to residents who are able to assist and to those who are not able to assist (ex. bedridden hospice resident)?