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CA Nursing Homes:
Services Key

updated: 6/23/2006

The following is intended to clarify CANHR's "online" presentation of data on California facilities.

Types of Facilities:

SNF: Freestanding Skilled Nursing Facility D/P SNF: Distinct Part Skilled Nursing Facility (Part of a Hospital) ICF: Intermediate Care Facility
SNF (CC): Continuing Care Contract Facility (Life Care) Subacute: A Subacute section of a hospital or SNF RCF: Residential Care Facility
SNF (IMD): Institutions for Mental Disease

Medi-Cal and Medicare Certification Status:

Medi-Cal is important any time finances are limited. A facility that is part of this program at the time of admission is not permitted to discharge a resident for running out of money and switching from private-pay to Medi-Cal. The DHS data is sometimes not updated immediately — it is important to double-check this information with the facilities you are considering.


This information comes from facility responses to questionnaires sent out by CANHR. While it is often useful to begin by calling facilities listing the services you are seeking, please call the facility to verify that services are still being offered. Some facilities may offer services they have not listed.

It is important to ask questions about any units, services, or programs that facilities say are "special," especially if the rates for these are higher. "Special services, goals, or programs"may be identical to those required in all units by state and federal law.

Note the data of the survey data — Services data is likely to be most accurate for the facilities whose responses are most recent. Please encourage facilities to send any corrections or additions to CANHR.

  • Rehab Unit or services indicates that a facility has specialized programs for rehabilitation, possibly including strokes, head injuries, hip replacement and other conditions.
  • A Wanderer Alert system is an alarm system to alert facility staff when a resident tries to exit. These systems can be effective at curtailing dangerous wandering behavior in residents with dementia. However, facilities that say they have such a security system may not have it on all the time or in all units. Be sure to ask about when and where the system is in effect.
  • Locked Wards are completely secured and may require a conservatorship before admission.
  • Alzheimer's Unit is not specifically defined by the State Dept. of Health Services as having to provide any special or different programs. While some Alzheimer's units may have staff and activities more attuned to Alzheimer's residents, facilities do not have to do anything special to call a unit an "Alzheimer's Unit."
  • Types of Residents Accepted or Not Accepted: Facilities should only accept residents for whom they can provide proper care. Some resident conditions require special accommodations. This data shows whether the facility can accommodate several types of special resident conditions. The key for this data is as follows:
Alzheimer (B)
Developmentally Disabled (C)
Feeding Tube (D)
Hospice (E)
I.V. Patients (F)
Non-Elderly (G)
No longer used (H)
Oxygen Dependent (I)
Psychiatric [primary] (J)
Psychiatric [secondary] (K)
Respite (L)
Tracheotomy (M)
Ventilator (N)

Wanderers (O)
Age 18-30 (P)
ALS / Lou Gehrig's Disease (Q)
Huntington's (R)
Multiple Sclerosis (S)
Spinal Cord Injury (T)
Wound Care (U)
Medically Complex (V)

  • Languages shown are reported by the facility as spoken by at least one staff member who works directly with residents. The key for this data is as follows:
Arabic (dd)
Armenian (Z)
AT&T Language Line (qq)
Cantonese (B)
Chinese (D)
Creole (M)
Czech (S)
Danish (N)
Dutch (O)
Farsi (ee), Fijian (ii)
Finnish (R)
French (L)
German (Y)
Hebrew (X)
Hindi (gg)
Hungarian (cc)
Ilocano (hh)
Indian (kk)
Indonesian (ll)
Italian (K)
Japanese (E)
Korean (F)
Laotian (nn)
Lithuanian (aa)
Mandarin (C)
Norwegian (Q)
Others (Other Languages)
Pakistani (ff)
Polish (U)
Portuguese (J)
Punjabi (jj)
Romanian (bb)
Russian (V)
Samoan (mm)
Sign Language (ASL) (pp)
Spanish (I)
Swedish (P)
Swiss-German (T)
Tagalog (A)
Thai (H)
Tongan (oo)
Vietnamese (G)
Yiddish (W)
  • Family Councils are groups of friends and relatives of residents that gather periodically in meetings that are not run by representatives of the facility.
  • "n/a"or "Unk." indicates that the information is not available on this list. Call facility for more information.