A: Know your type: ARF, RCFE, GH or SFH. “The type of facility is an ARF; 18 – 59. We will be caring for residents who are intellectually delayed. A total of 4 ambulatory male individuals.”
A: Are you seeking vendorization through the Regional Center, dealing with the mentally ill or private pay RCFE or Group Home? Will you have a County Support Letter?
A: We will be teaching life skills, independent living skills, safety awareness, community integration... We will take residents to and from medical and dental appointments. We will work within our staffing ratio which is 1:2 for the level of care we are offering.
A: Although we are 18 – 59, we are narrowing our age range by 10 years because a resident who is 18 may have nothing in common with one who is 48. We will do a pre-placement appraisal. We like to do pre-placement visits as well. We require a Regional Center package which includes a CDER, IPP, Health and Education Passport, etc… with this we can assess if the deficits or needs are compatible with the rest of our population.
A: DSP need to be over 18. An Administrator needs to be over 21. Everyone needs to be fingerprinted prior to working by DOJ and FBI. If working with children then need to also have Child Abuse Index. They have to have a current Health Screening and TB Test less than a year old. We prefer that in a level 4I they have 1 year of prior hands-on experience with the population we are serving although it is not required. They have to have first aid and CPR. All staff must be compassionate.
A: We offer 40 hours of on duty training in the first week of employment. We train in medication administration, client rights, the program design, etc… Through the year they will train on Universal Precautions, Title 17, Title 22, Activities, Confidentiality/HIPPA, Abuse Reporting, HCBS, Infectious Disease Control, Documentation and Data Collection, etc…
A: I am required to do at least 20 hours in the facility or the necessary number of hours to preform my job. Initially I plan on working full-time in the facility and on the premises as we reach capacity.
A: I am aware that Licensing and Regional Center has determined that with needing to be on the premises for at least 20 hours a week, it is not feasible for one to Administrate for more than 3 facilities. This is the only facility I am Administrating for.
A: All medication is store under lock and key. A cabinet is designated for that. We follow the R’s: Right person, Right route, Right dose, Right medication, Right time, etc… We assist. We do not force medication down a resident’s throat. We administer in a timely manner which is no more than an hour before and an hour after the prescribed time.
A: We document it in the resident’s chart. We would call the pharmacist and ask for his or her input. Before that we would encourage the resident to take the medication, counsel on why the medication is necessary and what could happen if it is not taken; what the reaction could be. We would offer the next dose at the next scheduled time.
A: Weekly outings include, movie nights, dining out, shopping with P&I funds. We will have in-house consultants teaching etiquette, light meal preparation, self-care and grooming, etc… We will do trips to the beach, church, sporting events… integrating with the community at large. Inclusion.
A: Any staff in the facility is mandated to report anything that they see and deem as abuse and neglect. It can be client on client, staff on client, fiduciary, etc… they are mandated to report and do what is right.