Archive for July, 2011
Relationship Between Placement/ Referral Agencies and RCFEs
A few months ago I wrote a blog on “How to Choose a Placement or Referral Agency.” If you have not read it, it might be a good idea to do so. It outlines the role these agencies play in filling beds in RCFEs and assisted living facilities. The blog also cites an important article that raises some troublesome aspects of the way these agencies operate.
Today, I would like to address another concern that was not mentioned in my previous blog. Some placement and referral agencies are lately engaging in an unscrupulous practice that it is designed to generate more revenues for them on the expense of RCFEs with whom they have a contract. Here is how it goes.
As usual, the agency (let’s call it Easy Placement ) gives the prospective resident (let’s call her Janet Doe) a list of 6-8 RCFEs to choose from and sends her on her marry way to “find a suitable place.” Janet chooses a facility (let’s call it Meaningful Care) and moves in. Meaningful Care informs Easy Placement that Janet has moved in and sends them a check for $$$$ (the amount agreed upon in the contract signed by the two More >
I applaud California’s initiative in legislating the rights of domestic workers. I also hope that with the rights, will also come some basic responsibilities, such as basic knowledge of English and caregiving (I am thinking mostly of those who will work not only as housekeepers but also as caregivers). These responsibilities would be very important in assuring an acceptable level of care and protection of the elderly.
When we are considering caregiving at home, we need to be cognizant of many factors. However, the most important one is the More >