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What does RCFE mean? Regulations, classes, and more

March 4th, 2021

The state of California is unique in a lot of ways. As one of the world’s largest economies, we have a lot of specific and unique ways of doing things, including regulations and acronyms.

Even long-time professionals in the senior living community might be unfamiliar with the term RCFE, as it is only used by California.

What does RCFE mean?

RCFE is short for Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly. RCFEs are more commonly known around the country as retirement communities or senior living communities. According to the California Department of Health Care Services, RCFEs are considered “social-based facilities” rather than healthcare facilities.

Important RCFE regulations

“Residential Care Facility for the Elderly” is more than just a description. In order to be considered an RCFE by the state of California, retirement communities like Serento Rosa have to follow many guidelines and safety regulations. Some of those regulations include:

  • RCFEs are required to have licensed nursing staff employed or on-call
  • Communities with 6+ residents must have an Individual Response System that allows residents to call for assistance when they need it
  • Residents must have access to private or semi-private bedrooms and bathrooms
  • RCFEs have to offer three meals a day along with available snacks
  • The RCFE designation even outlines requirements for recreation activities!

Reading through these regulations might leave you thinking “well, of course, a senior living community should provide all these things and more!” That’s exactly what Serento Rosa does: we follow the RCFE regulations and, in many cases, go above and beyond what the state of California requires.

To learn more about RCFE regulations, visit the California DHCS website.

What are RCFE classes?

Another common question we hear from the senior living community outside of California has to do with RCFE classes. In order to be an RCFE administrator, the state of California requires individuals to take an 80-hour RCFE Administrator Certification Training.

This class is offered by several vendors and can be completed online as a webinar.

Serento Rosa is an RCFE designated community in Yorba Linda

If you’re looking for a senior living community in the sunny state of California, we’ve got you covered. At Serento Rosa, we pride ourselves in providing a friendly senior living community with all the dining, shopping, and activities you could want. We don’t just meet RCFE standards: we exceed them.

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