California Licensing Adult Day Care Regulations

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California state law tightly regulates adult day care centers.
California state law tightly regulates adult day care centers.

In California, all adult day care centers are licensed by the Department of Social Services. This allows adults in need of care to get the assistance they require while preventing unscrupulous people from exploitative enterprises. Whether you are interested in opening up your own center or just wanting to make sure your loved ones are receiving the care they need, it is worth knowing California licensing adult day care regulations.

  1. Employees

    • Department of Social Service licensing regulations for adult day care centers regulate the staff at such facilities. Support staff perform duties such as cooking, office work, housekeeping, maintenance and groundskeeping. Care staff are specifically responsible for supervising clients. State law requires that one caregiver be present for every15 clients on site. All facilities must be maintained by staff in a state of cleanliness, safety and good repair.

    Administrators

    • Administrators generally must have two years direct experience supervising and caring for clients in a licensed day care facility. Administrators with this qualification remain qualified until they have gone three years without working in the field. State law requires that administrators provide for the constant supervision of clients, comply with all relevant state laws, formally acknowledge receiving any deficiency notices before correcting such deficiencies and enact program adjustments in accordance with client needs. Administrators have a special requirement to ensure the physical safety of clients with vision and hearing disabilities, a tendency to wander or other disabilities that may endanger the client's physical safety or that of others. The administrator must check all employee references.

    Illness

    • Clients showing physical signs of illness may not generally be admitted to adult day care. To be admitted, the day care center must take steps to ensure the client is separated from other clients so as to avoid infection.

    Meal Services

    • Clients cannot be kept in care for longer than three-and-a-half hours without meal or snack services being provided. Clients in care for eight or more hours are entitled to lunch and two snacks--one in the mid-morning and one in the mid-afternoon. Adult day care centers may not prevent clients from bringing their own food into facilities. Clients who bring their own food do not forfeit their right to meal service. Clients requiring modified food service, such as diabetics and vegans, are entitled to them.

    Actvities

    • All planned activities at an adult day care center require that all participants be involved socially. Activities must also educate clients through special projects and instruction. State law further mandates that clients be engaged in physical exercise and be given time enough to pursue their own interests.

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