Right now, the answer to this question is no, but rest assured very shortly that answer will change to a resounding; YES! That is to say, it’s never been an easy accomplishment to become an RCFE Administrator, as the test is hard and there is a heck of a lot of knowledge to learn, digest, and remember. The State of California only wants the best Residential Care Facilities of the Elderly administrators running these types of establishments, as it places a high priority on the safety and well-being of our society’s most vulnerable members. It’s just that it is about to get a lot harder than it was previously to become an RCFE Administrator. Let’s talk about why.
You see, after living through this CoronaVirus crisis, it quickly became readily apparent that our elderly senior population wasn’t safe, even in a California Residential Care Facility for the Elderly, a place designed to be healthy, safe, and provide comfort to our aging population. In Kirkland, Washington, it was a senior nursing home facility that became that state’s ground zero for the CoronaVirus. Several staff members and some 15 seniors tested positive for the virus and most of those elderly didn’t survive.
Several California residential care facilities also had a problem, and a few elderly patients perished in each of those facilities also. The Great State of California is investigating how this could have possibly happened as the nurses and assistants in these facilities as well as the highly trained staff know exactly what to do and how to do it. They are accustomed to specific protocols put in place to prevent the spread of bacteria, viruses, and disease.
What could have been done differently? What needs to improve? These are the questions California health inspectors and investigators are asking. Once they get to the bottom of how it happened, then they will come up with additional best management practices to see that it doesn’t happen again, next time a disease or virus rapidly spreads throughout our population.
It is for this reason that RCFE Administrators will have to double down their efforts, learn new rules, and enforce those rules to prevent this from happening again. It means more instruction, more hours of study, more paperwork, and thus, it will be harder in the future to get your RCFE Administrator designation from the State of California. You certainly can understand why, and we hope we’ve shed some light on the seriousness of this issue. Please think about it.