This day has been a long time coming, and I am really thrilled that it is here. California has been woefully behind most of the rest of the country when it comes to “transparency” with public records for assisted living facilities, and Residential Care for the Elderly – specifically inspections, citations, and complaints reports.
(Return to, or visit our California assisted living page)
I believe that this information is essential for any serious research effort for senior care – regardless of category or level of care.
Most other states offer this data freely, but for some reason, California has dragged it’s feet. But now, it is among the best states for providing this essential data!
Here’s how to do it:
I discovered this because the normal (but very basic) facility search tool offered by the State wasn’t working any more. This tool only offered very basic information on each facility. So, I went looking for the correct link, and found the search tool:
It’s awesome, and thorough, and aside from the inspections reports, it is a great stand-alone research tool.
What this should help you to do is to come up with very fact-based, and constructive questions to ask facilities that you are considering. They should be able to explain their deficiencies or citations, and tell you what they’ve done to resolve them.
This has been very exciting for us to discover. I think that, if facility owners know that their records are publicly available, that they have even more of an incentive to run a tight ship!
Easy, intuitive tabs to navigate facility inspections!
Wishing everyone a safe and successful research experience, and I hope this helps!