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Chico California Assisted Living Facilities
Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly

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The State of California licenses and regulates
Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly
(RFCE) through the California Department of
Social Services (CDSS); the State of California
defines an RCFE as "24-hour residences that
provide assistance with activities of daily living,
meals, laundry, and dispensing of
medications"
. There are over 8000 RCFE's in
California. RCFE's featuring six beds or less
are often referred to as "Adult Care Homes" or
"Board and Care Homes"; RCFE's with more
than 6 beds are generally referred to as
"Assisted Living Facilities". All are licensed and
governed by the CDSS regardless of size.
RCFE Administrator Requirements

RCFE Administrators in the State of California must meet the following prerequisites:

  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Possess a minimum of a high school diploma or a GED equivalent - and -
  • Facilities of 7-15 Residents: Also have a year of residential care experience
  • Facilities of 16-49 Residents: Also have completed with a passing grade 15 college or
    continuing education units and have a year of residential care experience
  • Facilities of 50+ Residents: Also have completed with a passing grade 60 college or
    continuing education units and have 3 years of residential care experience, one of those
    years being spent providing direct care to residents
  • ALL RCFE administrators, regardless of facility size, must earn a certification status
    which is attained by first taking a state-approved "Initial Certification Training Program",
    then a written test and also submitting to a criminal background check

RCFE Staff Requirements

The State of California Department of Social Services' regulations regarding RCFE staff
requirements are a little vague, but fundamentally, California RCFE's are required to "employ
staff as necessary to ensure provision of care and supervision to meet client needs".
All RCFE employees who come in direct contact with residents must pass a criminal background
screening. All medical professionals or paraprofessionals must hold a current valid license or
certification applicable to their profession or specialty.
Service providers contracted by RCFE residents are exempt from the criminal background
check requirement. However, RCFE's are permitted to require criminal background checks for
all contracted service providers who come in contact with residents as a matter of policy.
For more information on the State of California RCFE's pertaining to licensing; enforcement
policies; grounds for license revocation; staffing ratio requirements; admission requirements;
record keeping; residents' rights; and much, much more, consult the State of California
Department of Social Services website: dss.cahwnet.gov.

                 

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Featured Chico California Assisted Living Facilities
Country House Assisted Living is part of the Country Village
complex of senior housing accommodations, one of Northern
California's finest assisted living and specialty senior residences.
Founded in 1985 by Lyn Borenzo,
Country House Assisted
Living
offers its residents a wonderful balance of residential
living, health and recreational environments available today! In a
home-like setting, all Country House Assisted Living apartments
are beautifully-decorated private rooms with half-baths. The
Country Village campus also features an Alzheimer's living facility
and day care program.
                  966 Kovac Court, Chico, CA 95973     |     (530) 342-7002
Windchime Assisted Living of Chico is located on picturesque
California Park Lake, next door to the Enloe Outpatient facilities.
Windchime Assisted Living offers 65 assisted living studios,
each with a wonderful view of the lake, one of the campus' lovely
courtyards or downtown Chico. Services and amenities include 3
delicious home-cooked meals;
complete housekeeping and laundry services; full spectrum of social and recreational activities;
scheduled transportation; assistance with ADL's; 24-hour monitoring; and much, much more.
              855 Bruce Road, Chico, CA 94904     |     (530) 566-1800

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