Why Is It So Difficult to Find Residential Care
Homes for the Elderly in California?
Care Home Central
With over 7,400 state-licensed residential care homes for the elderly best Residential Care Home
facilities for Elders (RCFE) in California, you would think that it would be easy to find a residential
care home with a room available in your city just by doing a simple Google search. But once you try
this, you will receive the most disappointing results: little to no care homes. Instead, you will see a
multitude of ads for placement agencies who offer free services to people who are looking for care
The reason for this is a majority of care homes are operated privately by individuals who have
converted their home into an RCFE in order to provide care for seniors. These “mom and pop”
facilities typically care for 6 or fewer seniors, and many of them won’t have rooms or beds
available very often, sometimes months or even a year or more at a time. As such, it’s not cost
effective to build a website and market their care home.
Instead, the many placement agencies assist care homes when they have a room or bed
available by referring people who are searching for accommodations. With large advertising
budgets, the placement agencies can advertise their free services to the general public and
then charge care homes a large referral fee. This process of placing seniors into care homes has
been around for over a decade, and while it serves both care homes and seniors, it doesn’t
work in the best interest of either.
For seniors, they don’t have the ability to choose from all available care home options. The
agencies will try to match seniors to the agency’s client list as best as possible, but only the care
homes that are the agency’s client will be referred. This leaves a majority of care homes out of
reach for the senior to consider.
For care homes, the referral fee is exorbitant, usually costing thousands of dollars per resident
referred. If that resident’s needs change and they have t