Mike’s Column

New Emergency Plan protects residents, hurts facilities

Health and Safety Code 1569.695 was revised to require RCFEs to update emergency disaster plans on January 1. The new law, heavily influenced by special interest groups, placed ambiguous requirements into law such as “updating the facility sketch to include assembly points. Where do 6-bedders assembly on site if the facility is on fire? DSS cannot create new regulations as the law states, “Nothing…shall create a new or additional requirement for the department to evaluate the emergency and disaster plan.” But will DSS require facilities to submit updated sketches for approval? The new law also states if a facility makes

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Will there be another “reform act?” What’s next?

The assisted living industry holds its collective breath to see if our new governor, new majority Legislature and special interest groups attempt another “reform,” such as requiring awake-night staff; complicated medication management, including medical and recreational marijuana; more administrator re-certification hours; greater reporting requirements; and dreaded care plans. The problem is some “reformers” are trying to make RCFEs more “nursing home-like” with care plans and MARs. Plus, our industry faces hiring challenges as California’s job pool continues to shrink. The San Diego Union-Tribune reported California has 12% of the nation’s overall population, but 34% of the nation’s welfare recipients. Minimum

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Join Mike & Robin in Lisbon, Portugal and Madrid, Spain in September/October 2019.

Make your deposit for Lisbon/Madrid 2019 We are heading to Lisbon, Portugal and Madrid, Spain in September/October 2019. Dates are September 27 to October 7, 2019. Price of $3298 includes round trip air on Iberia Air from LAX; 4-star  hotels; daily breakfast; a half-day CEU class held in the hotel; city tours; transfers to and from hotels and airports; travel newsletters authored by Mike and Robin; and assistance getting through customs at arrival cities. We love Lisbon and Madrid and look forward to great sea food, history, wine, incredible side trips and being with great people. We scout out optional side trips to

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DSS releases Title 22 Chapter 10 for ARFs & RCFEs

DSS released a new chapter to Title 22, chapter 10, titled “Temporary Management of Adult Community Care Facilities and Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly.” The purpose is to ensure residents of care facilities do not suffer an abrupt removal from their “home” because the facility license was temporarily suspended by DSS. The regulations, beginning at 89600, will place a “temporary manager” at the facility who will be empowered to hire, fire, make facility improvements, work toward compliance and/or secure a new facility license. DSS may have to front some of the expense money to accomplish its goals, but then

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