A new bill in the California State Assembly would remove a major barrier to the provision of Continuing Care at Home Program programs within the Golden State. If passed, Assembly Bill (AB) 1698 would allow continuing care retirement communities (CCRC) to provide services in a private residence without requiring that the residence be licensed as a residential care facility for the elderly.

AB 1698 was introduced by Assembly Member Anthony Portantino (D-Pasadena) and sponsored by Aging Services of California, a LeadingAge state affiliate.

“The Continuing Care at Home model has been successful on the east coast for many years,”
said Joanne Handy, president and chief executive officer of Aging Services of California. “Continuing Care at Home eliminates a major expense of delivering care—the upkeep and maintenance of a facility. This type of service delivery model is ideal for the middle-income senior who chooses not to move into a traditional CCRC, while still offering the most appealing component of the CCRC model—the full continuum of care.”

In addition to removing the licensing barrier that has prevented California’s nonprofit providers from offering Continuing Care at Home programs, the Assembly bill provides a framework for providing CCRC services in private residences. This framework includes requirements that CCRCs make certain disclosures to its resident to ensure transparency, and that they disclose the impact of Continuing Care at Home programs on the operation of the campus-based community.

1698 is identical to a 2008 Assembly bill that received strong bipartisan support but was caught in a mass veto of 127 bills during a budget delay standoff between then-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and state legislators.