Consumer Advocates for RCFE Reform (CARR)

Consumer Advocates for RCFE Reform (CARR) joined Live Well San Diego as a recognized partner on December 12, 2016.   Since its founding as a not-for-profit (501(c)3) organization in 2009, CARR has actively promoted safe, quality residential care for San Diego’s senior population. CARR is dedicated to improving resident care in California’s assisted living facilities by educating consumers and increasing industry accountability.  CARR’s core mission supports both the Live Well San Diego regional vision, as well as the County’s initiative to establish San Diego County as an Age Friendly Community under the World Health Organization’s Age-Friendly Cities and Communities Program. 

CARR’s impact manifests through multiple venues: California state law, a nationwide award for Open Government, and a rating system for California's assisted living facilities:    

  • California State law:  CARR’s research informs local and state policy makers on consumer-focused assisted living issues and their regulatory complexities.  Notably, CARR's research and advocacy gained the attention of then-Speaker Toni Atkin, who carried CARR's legislation AB 1523 (Atkins) requiring that assisted living facilities statewide carry a minimum level of liability insurance.  This initiative became law in August 2014.  
  • CARR was the first organization in the state to share public documents on assisted living facilities with consumers and allied professionals.  For its ground-breaking efforts, CARR received the First Amendment Coalition's 2014 Free Speech and Open Government award. 
  • In 2015, CARR was selected as the County's contractor to create and launch an innovative rating system for assisted living facilities using a consensus-based scoring tool. Known as ChooseWell, this free County program helps assisted living providers distinguish their care and services, making it easier for consumers to find and evaluate care options. 

CARR anticipates its on-going work will continue to amplify the voices of consumers and providers alike and is committed to advancing the Live Well San Diego vision and making San Diego an Age-Friendly Community for elders.  

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Live Well San Diego Recognized Partner Consumer Advocates for RCFE Reform (CARR)

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