Board & Care

The Tri-City area of Fremont, Newark, and Union City is home to over 120 small (4-10 person capacity) Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly (RCFEs), with a capacity to serve slightly over 1,000 frail seniors. RCFEs serve older adults who suffer from multiple health conditions with a large proportion of them having diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and chronic respiratory diseases. While a small proportion of RCFE operators provide excellent care services for their residents, a much larger proportion of RCFE staff lack adequate nutritional, health, or psycho-social training to properly manage the health conditions of their residents.

While still in its early stages, the goal of the Care Improvement Initiative is designed to train RCFE owners, administrators, and staff skills needed to improve care to their residents. Care includes, but is not limited to health care, skin care, lifting, dementia care, nutrition, communication, medication management, crisis intervention, and the use of community resources such as paratransit, senior centers, mental health and care management services.

With the City of Fremont Human Services Department taking the lead, funds through grants and other community giving are being sought to support the program.