Fast Facts on Six-Bed Facilities

  • Six-bed facilities came out of a demand from seniors for a smaller, more intimate living environment.
  • There are more than 6,400 six-bed facilities in California.
  • These six-bed facilities are home to more than 37,000 California seniors who want to live in a safe, comfortable and affordable homelike setting.
  • Six-bed facilities employ more than 225,000 caregivers in California, many of whom are minorities.
  • More than 70 percent of six-bed facilities are owned by women or minorities.
  • Six-bed facilities have a caregiver to patient ratio of 1:3, far lower than many of the larger facilities.
  • Because of the low caregiver to patient ratio, caregivers are able to detect and address health concerns more quickly. The hospital re-admission rate for six-bed facilities is 1:10, far lower than for larger facilities.
  • Six-bed facilities are an important part of the state’s healthcare system and provide an important choice to California seniors.
  • There are about 5,160 adult residential facilities in the State of California providing care and supervision to approximately 37,000 adults with intellectual disabilities.
  • The Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Services Act, passed in 1974, established an entitlement to services for Californians with intellectual disabilities
  • Under the Lanterman Act, California transitioned its model of care from an institutional placement to community-based services, including placement in ARFs.
  • Most are living in six-bed residential facilities in the residential neighborhoods of California as part of community integration.
  • Most of these ARFs are owned and operated by women, minorities.

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