Assisted Living Facilities
Residential Care, Board and Care, Retirement Home,
research can be done on the Internet to find assisted-living
facilities in a specific geographic area in California. You can also
visit a Community Care Licensing Field Office to see a facility's
is the first line of defense and nothing can replace a personal
visit before making your decision.
Types of Elderly & Adult
Licensed by Community Care Licensing
D.S.S. Community Care Licensing regulates, inspects and investigates
several types of facilities providing care to seniors and dependent
Adult Day Care
Facilities of any capacity that provide programs for frail elderly and
developmentally disabled and/or mentally disabled adults in a day care
Providing a community-based group program designed to meet the needs
of functionally impaired adults through an individual plan of care in
a structured comprehensive program that provides a variety of social
and related services in a protective setting on less than 24-hour
ARF are facilities of any capacity that provide 24-hour non-medical
care for adults ages 18 through 59, who are unable to provide for
their own daily needs. Adults may be physically handicapped,
developmentally disabled, and/or mentally disabled.
Facilities for the Chronically Ill
RCFCI are facilities with a maximum licensed capacity of 25. Care and
supervision are provided to adults who have AIDS or HIV.
Facilities for the Elderly
RCFE provide care, supervision and assistance with activities of daily
living, such as bathing and grooming. They may also provide incidental
medical services under special care plans.
The facilities also provide services to persons under 60 with
compatible needs. RCFEs may also be knows as assisted
living facilities, retirement
homes and board and care homes.
The facilities can range in size from six beds or less to over 100
beds. The residents in these facilities require varying levels of
personal care and protective supervision.
Care Retirement Communities
A continuing care contract is an agreement between a person 60 years
or older and a continuing care provider. The contract includes a
promise to provide a range of services at a Continuing Care Retirement
Community for a period longer than one year in exchange for payment.
Most continuing care contracts call for the payment of an entrance fee
and monthly fees.
Due to the length of time covered by continuing care contracts, as
well as the substantial payments made by residents, the Legislature
has enacted state laws requiring providers to meet certain financial
and disclosure requirements. The California Department of Social
Services is the State agency responsible for approving, monitoring and
You can find advice and more detailed information about Continuing
Care Retirement Communities on a special page of the Community
Care Licensing Web site.
|Social Rehabilitation Facilities|
Facilities that provide 24-hour-a-day non-medical care and supervision
in a group setting to adults recovering from mental illnesses, who
temporarily need assistance, guidance, or counseling.
How to Use the Internet to Find an Assisted Living Facility
Personal Assistance to Help you Find a Facility
Guide to Choosing an Assisted Living Facility
How to Check the Record of a Facility
To check the record of a Los Angeles County
Facility you can
go to the Regional Field
Offices of the Department
of Social Services Community Care Licensing. There you
can see the complete files related to the facilities that interest you.
These files include the result of annual inspections and complaints made
against a facility.
You should narrow down your choice before your visit since the files
can be quite extensive and a call before your visit is recommended to
insure that you have selected the correct Field Office and that the file
The Department of Social Services is working to make these records
available on-line in the near future.
Assisted Living Costs
How to Report Abuse and Neglect or Solve a Problem with an Assisted-Living
The Long Term Care Ombudsman Program
Criminal Elder Abuse/Neglect in a Los Angeles County assisted living
reported to the Long Term Care Ombudsman at
(800) 334-9473 and/or to the law enforcement
agency where the crime occurred.
The Long Term Care Ombudsman is a free and confidential service that
maintains and improves the quality of life for residents in:
|Board & Care (residential care) facilities|
|Adult day health care centers|
The Ombudsman Program can help resolve your
problems and concerns about:
abuse and neglect
and discharge including assistance with appeals
care, therapy, and rehabilitation
and MediCal benefit issues
Power of Attorney for Health Care
The Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing
The Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing regulates,
inspects and investigates assisted-living facilities. The
mission of Community Care Licensing is to promote the health, safety, and
quality of life of each person in community care through the
administration of an effective collaborative regulatory enforcement
The fulfillment of this responsibility requires inspections of
facilities and providers. It also requires written reports, which document
the findings and may serve as the basis for further action. Community Care
Licensing also responds to citizen complaints regarding assisted living
facilities or providers.
These reports become part of the facility's record. How
to access these records is described in a previous paragraph of this Web
To find more
information and local Field Offices in Los Angeles County, please go to
our Community Care Licensing Web page.
Updated 04 February, 2005