What is an RCFE Care Home?
RCFE is the acronym for Residential Care Facility for the Elderly. A RCFE are non-medical facilities that provide a level of care that includes assistance with activities of daily living. Residential Care Facility for the Elderly are sometimes called “Assisted Living” or “Board and Care” facilities.
RCFEs serve persons 60 years and older providing them with room, board, housekeeping, supervision and personal care assistance with basic activities like personal hygiene, dressing, eating and walking.
RCFE facilities usually store and distribute medications for residents to self-administer. The care and supervision found in these facilities are for people unable to live alone, but who do not need 24-hour nursing care. These facilities and are not required to have nurses, certified nursing assistants or doctors on staff.
The State of California Department of Social Services licenses and inspects RCFEs to ensure they meet care and safety standards.
There are state and federal law which pre-empted city and local governments from requiring special permits to RCFE with six or fewer residents. These laws specifically prohibit a city from exercising zoning authority that treats RCFEs with six or fewer persons any differently than typical single family homes.
“No conditional use permit, zoning variance or other zoning clearance shall be required of a residential care facility for the elderly which serves six or fewer persons which is not required of a family dwelling of the same type in the same zone,” Health and Safety Code section 1569.85. In other words, the City Planning Division cannot require special permits for RCFEs with six or fewer residents.
The City does review RCFEs for safety issues through a fire permit process. This permit ensures that proper access and fire safety concerns are met. The State of California requires local fire department review and approval for any plans for an RCFE.
The RCFE Licensees and administrators may be one and the same person. The Administrator Certification Program is legislatively mandated and designed to help ensure that persons employed as administrators of residential facilities have the requisite knowledge and qualifications to appropriately care for facility residents. Administrators are individuals designated by licensees to act on behalf of the licensee in the overall management of their facilities. RCFE Administrator applicants must complete a 40-hour initial certification program approved by the Administrator Certification Section (ACS). RCFE administrator applicants must obtain a criminal record clearance from DOJ.
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