There are many steps required to open an RCFE. Learn more about opening a RCFE in the Eldercare Training Academy Administrator’s Initial Certification training.
1. Attend the required Orientation given by Community Care Licensing every month throughout California. Orientation is also referred to as “Component One. ” Contact the local Community Care Licensing office in your area and follow their specific instructions to attend.
2.Determing what type of house is suitable for a Residential Care Home for the Elderly. Don’t rely on the real estate agent to know the state requirements for this type of licensed housing. if you are considering a home for this purpose make sure your real estate offer is subject to a “pre inspection” from the local fire marshal to determine whether the home meets the fire code requirements. Fire code for Group R Occupancy < less six beds. I
3. Do your homework and research existing facilities. The Community Care Licensing website includes a list of all licensed care facilities, organized by city and/or county. The display will show the basic information about each facility including the name of the facility, address, phone number, licensee/administrator and number of licensed beds. https://secure.dss.cahwnet.gov/ccld/securenet/ccld_search/ccld_search.aspx
4.Determine your business structure. Determine your business structure. Will you apply for a RCFE facility license as an individual, corporation, partnership, or LLC? See details on business structure. http://www.eldercaretrainingacademy.com/en/component/k2/item/2-how-to-determin-your-rcfe-business-structure.html
5. Determine who will be the Certified Administrator to manage and operate the business/facility. This requires the appropriate individual to attend and complete the RCFE initial Administrator’s training. Check webiste for shcedule of current classes.
6. Complete the required facility application. To obtain approval to license a home as a RCFE, an application must be completed and submitted to the local office for consideration. The approval process can take anywhere from 3 to 9 months depending on the local office staffing, the completeness and accuracy of the application and the results of the local fire marshal inspection. Checklist application.