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Effective: Summer 2013

Grade Type: Letter Grade Only
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU
3 hours lecture. (36 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • Student demonstrates the elements of culture change in nursing homes to leaders of interfaith communities.
  • Student delivers examples of the continuum of care from independent to skilled nursing.
  • Student matches the services available in assisted living to a friend or family member suffering from caregiver stress.
Description -
An overview of the types of care options available to serve independent and dependent elders; including senior centers, adult day care programs, assisted living and nursing homes. Regulations and management issues will be explored. Role of ombudsmen and advocacy organizations are discussed. A systematic exploration of the continuum of care.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. List the types of senior centers and common sources of sponsorship and funding.
  2. Describe the services assisted living residences typically provide.
  3. Identify the characteristics that make a person eligible for nursing home care.
  4. Compare the programming, funding and licensing for adult day care and adult day health care.
  5. Identify the requirements of Residential Care Facility for the Elderly (RCFE) licensure.
  6. Explain the difference between skilled nursing and custodial care.
  7. Discuss the staffing requirements and challenges for administrators of senior centers, adult day care programs, assisted living and nursing homes.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Multimedia Equipment

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Senior centers for independent elders
    1. Types
    2. Sponsorship and supervision
    3. Funding
    4. Common programs in multi-purpose senior centers:
      1. congregate meals
      2. Recreation
      3. Education
      4. Health screenings and fitness programs
  2. Adult day care and adult day health care
    1. Licensing requirements
    2. Staffing
    3. Transportation
    4. Programming for persons with mild to moderate dementia including security issues
    5. Programming for persons with mobility limitations
  3. Assisted living
    1. Residential Care Facility for the Elderly (RCFE) licenses
    2. Describe services that assisted living residences typically provide
    3. Differences between assisted living and board and care homes
    4. Staffing needs
    5. Medication management
    6. Dietary requirements
    7. Dementia care services
  4. Nursing homes
    1. Types of nursing homes in the U.S.
    2. Characteristics of nursing home residents:
      1. Types of disabilities
      2. Ethnic diversity
    3. Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs)
      1. Licensing requirements for Medicare and MediCal reimbursements
      2. Levels and types of services
      3. Role of nursing home ombudsmen
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Participation in class discussion
  2. Performance on tests and quizzes measuring achievement of course objectives
  3. Completion of individual project
Representative Text(s) -
John Pratt. Long-Term Care. Bartlett Learning, 2010.
Henry Cisneros et all. Independent for Life, University of Texas Press, 2012.

Disciplines -
Method of Instruction -
Multi Media
Individual Projects
Lab Content -
Not applicable.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
Journal Articles