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San Mateo - Foster City - Belmont California Assisted Living Facilities
Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly
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.

                 
Featured
San Mateo - Foster City - Belmont - Burlingame
California
Assisted Living Facilities
Marymount Greenhills Retirement Center is an Assisted Living
Facility in Millbrae, California. In operation since 1986, and under the
same ownership since 2001,
Marymount Greenhills Retirement
Center is an accredited BBB member with a current "A+" rating. Amenities and Services
include: Free Scheduled Transportation; Spacious Living Units (each apartment features at
least 2 emergency pull cords); Activities and Entertainment; all Caregivers are CNA's; 3 Daily
Meals plus Snacks; Weekly Housekeeping; and much, much more.
           1201 Broadway Avenue, Millbrae, CA 94030     |     (650) 742-9150
Sunrise Assisted Living of San Mateo is a quality San Mateo
County Assisted Living Facility in operation since 1999.
Sunrise
Assisted Living of San Mateo
is part of the Sunrise Assisted
Living worldwide network of quality senior housing communities
and, although not an accredited BBB member, Sunrise Assisted
Living of San Mateo currently enjoys and "A+" BBB rating. Located
in the midst of San Mateo's convenient shopping venues and rich
cultural attractions, Sunrise's Amenities and services include:
Weekly Housekeeping and Personal
Laundry; 3  Delicious Daily Meals plus Snacks;Restaurant-Style Dining; Monthly Wellness
Visits by a Licensed On-Staff Nurse; Social and Educational Programs; Variety of Floor Plans;
and much, much more.
        955 South El Camino Real, San Mateo, CA 94402     |     (650) 558-8555

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