"Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly (RCFE) provide care,
supervision and assistance with activities of daily living, such as
bathing and grooming. They may also provide incidental medical services
under special care plans.
The facilities provide services to persons 60 years of age and over and persons under 60 with compatible needs. RCFEs may also be known as assisted living facilities, retirement homes and board and care homes.
The facilities can range in size from six beds or less to over 100 beds. The residents in these facilities require varying levels of personal care and protective supervision. Because of the wide range of services offered by RCFEs, consumers should look closely at the programs of each facility to see if the services will meet their needs."
CA Department of Social Services