As if the great State of California’s RCFE Certification wasn’t stringent enough, it’s about to get even harder. Why you ask? Well, you can probably figure that out without us explaining it to you, but for all of you who are not yet in the industry let’s spend a few moments to discuss it.
We all know that the coronavirus took a huge toll on retirement communities, old folks’ homes, nursing homes, and residential care facilities for the elderly (RCFE). In New York nearly 25% of all coronavirus deaths occurred in a nursing home. In Kirkland, WA we saw nearly 30% of the elderly in one of the facilities perish from coronavirus. In California, even with our strict adherence to virus protocols, the coronavirus managed to find its way into a large number of certified RCFEs.
Once the virus gets in and infects both residents and staff, it spreads quickly, often before anyone detects it, and by the time symptoms show up, it’s too late – there are so many infected, you may as well turn the facility into a covid-19 hospital. Those who oversee the regulations of RCFE Certification are getting a lot of attention now from State Legislators who want answers and want to know how we are going to prevent something like this from happening in the future.