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Caregiver Policy Modifications Aimed to Assist Residents of Both Mutuals

 Third Laguna Hills Mutual and United Laguna Woods approved a revised caregiver policy catering to Residents in need of additional in-home care or assistance. 

All Residents who retain a private caregiver must complete a Private Caregiver Policy Application and submit it to Resident Services. 

The five key amendments to the policy are: 

  • Clarification of activities of daily living Activities of daily living (ADL) is the industry standard term used to identify activities needed for independent living and include personal hygiene, dressing, eating, toileting and ambulating. A second type of care, instrumental activities of daily living (IADL), is not necessary for fundamental functioning. IADLs might include transportation, preparing meals and managing finances and household activities. By themselves, IADLs do not justify a live-in caregiver. 
  • Removal of physician’s certification requirement Residents no longer need to obtain a physician’s certificate in order to have a private caregiver. 
  • Family caregiver revision Family members caring for a Resident family member and are not living in the unit more than 60 days are exempt from the requirements of the private caregiver policy. However, a family member who remains in the unit past the 60-day mark as a private caregiver must comply with the policy and be registered with the California Department of Social Services Home Care Bureau. 
  • Home care organization/agency (HCO) exemption HCOs will be exempt from the process because HCOs have already performed background checks on their employed caregivers. HCO caregivers are required to be registered with the California Department of Social Services. Caregiver agencies will be issued a business pass to the HCO to provide to their caregivers so they can access the Village. 
  • Managing access to the Community Private caregivers will be issued a photo ID card, which is required to be worn in plain sight at all times while in the Village. Prior to the expiration, a letter can be sent to the Resident and/or the private caregiver notifying them that their ID is about to expire and requires renewal. Private caregivers will be issued a private caregivers gate pass and/or overnight parking pass if needed. 

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