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Health and Safety Code - HSC

DIVISION 2. LICENSING PROVISIONS [1200 - 1797.8]

  ( Division 2 enacted by Stats. 1939, Ch. 60. )
  

CHAPTER 3.2. Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly [1569 - 1569.889]

  ( Heading of Chapter 3.2 renumbered from Chapter 3.3 (as added by Stats. 1985, Ch. 1127) by Stats. 1988, Ch. 160, Sec. 91. )
  

ARTICLE 6. Other Provisions [1569.60 - 1569.696]
  ( Article 6 added by Stats. 1985, Ch. 1127, Sec. 3. )

  
1569.618.  

(a) The administrator designated by the licensee pursuant to paragraph (11) of subdivision (a) of Section 1569.15 shall be present at the facility during normal working hours. A facility manager designated by the licensee with notice to the department, shall be responsible for the operation of the facility when the administrator is temporarily absent from the facility.

(b) At least one administrator, facility manager, or designated substitute who is at least 21 years of age and has qualifications adequate to be responsible and accountable for the management and administration of the facility pursuant to Title 22 of the California Code of Regulations shall be on the premises 24 hours per day. The designated substitute may be a direct care staff member who shall not be required to meet the educational, certification, or training requirements of an administrator. The designated substitute shall meet qualifications that include, but are not limited to, all of the following:

(1) Knowledge of the requirements for providing care and supervision appropriate to each resident of the facility.

(2) Familiarity with the facility’s planned emergency procedures.

(3) Training to effectively interact with emergency personnel in the event of an emergency call, including an ability to provide a resident’s medical records to emergency responders.

(c) The facility shall employ, and the administrator shall schedule, a sufficient number of staff members to do all of the following:

(1) Provide the care required in each resident’s written record of care as described in Section 1569.80.

(2) Ensure the health, safety, comfort, and supervision of the residents.

(3) Ensure that at least one staff member who has cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training and first aid training is on duty and on the premises at all times. This paragraph shall not be construed to require staff to provide CPR.

(4) Ensure that the facility is clean, safe, sanitary, and in good repair at all times.

(d) “Facility manager” means a person on the premises with the authority and responsibility necessary to manage and control the day-to-day operation of a residential care facility for the elderly and supervise the clients. The facility manager, licensee, and administrator, or any combination thereof, may be the same person provided he or she meets all applicable requirements. If the administrator is also the facility manager for the same facility, he or she shall be limited to the administration and management of only one facility.

(Amended by Stats. 2015, Ch. 628, Sec. 7. (AB 601) Effective January 1, 2016.)