Frequently Asked Questions

The Independent Living Association supports Independent Living owners, residents and the community through promoting high quality Independent Living Housing. The ILA hopes to educate the community about Independent Living Housing and provide accurate and unbiased information about Independent Living Housing in Alameda County.

This brief list of questions addresses some of the frequently asked questions about Independent Living housing and the ILA. Please feel free to contact the ILA at info@alamedacountyila.org with any further questions.

FAQ about Independent Living Housing

1. What is an Independent Living?
2. Who lives in Independent Livings?
3. How are Independent Livings funded?
4. Are Independent Livings licensed?
5. Why do we need Independent Livings in Alameda County?

FAQ about the Independent Living Association (ILA)

1. What Quality Standards must ILA Members adhere to?
2. Does the ILA monitor members to ensure their continued compliance with ILA Quality Standards?
3. Does the ILA provide a comprehensive list of all Independent Livings in Alameda County?
4. Can the ILA recommend a reputable Independent Living for me?
5. Does the ILA resolve resident or community complaints?
6. How is the ILA funded?


1. What is an Independent Living?

An Independent Living is a privately owned or operated home or complex that provides shared housing for adults with disabilities living on fixed income and others who may benefit from a shared housing environment.

2. Who lives in Independent Livings?

Independent Livings serve tenants who are able to live independently and can benefit from shared housing. Many Independent Livings offer housing for people recovering from mental illness, or those that may benefit from the structure and fellowship of a shared housing environment.

Independent Livings are not able to accept or retain tenants who demonstrate the need for care and supervision, including residents that need assistance with:

  • activities of daily living including dressing, grooming, mobility (e.g. wheelchair bound needing assistance with mobility or transfers in/out of bed), bathing and hygiene
  • managing medication or assistance with prescriptions or pharmacies
  • storing medications
  • arranging medical and dental care
  • monitoring food intake or special diets
  • handling resident's monies

For more information, please reference the State of California's Community Care Licensing's When A License is Needed Guidelines: Click here for PDF.

3. How are Independent Livings funded?

Independent Livings are private homes or complexes; they are not licensed and do not receive public funding. Similar to apartment homes, residents sign rental agreements and pay monthly rent.

4. Are Independent Livings licensed?

No, Independent Livings do not provide services to residents and do not require a license to operate.

Please note, there are several types of facilities that do offer services to residents, including Adult Residential Care Facilities, also known as Board and Cares, Skilled Nursing Facilities, and Residential Care for the Elderly. These facilities require a license issued through the California Department of Social Services (CDSS), Community Care Licensing (CCL) Program in the State of California.

5. Why do we need Independent Livings in Alameda County?

Independent Livings provide an invaluable service to the community by providing shared housing options for people with disabling health conditions including mental illness that fit their level of independence.

Independent Livings also provide several benefits to the community, including decreased use of public services, homelessness and increased public safety. Providing stable and supportive housing is one of the most effective ways to decrease over utilization of emergency departments and hospital recidivism rates, resulting in decreased use of emergency medical services and significant savings in tax dollars.

 

 


1. What Quality Standards must ILA Members adhere to?

The ILA Quality Standards are a comprehensive set of best practices recommended for Independent Livings. ILA membership designates trusted and quality businesses; all ILA members are evaluated to ensure they adhere to the ILA Quality Standards.

2. Does the ILA monitor members to ensure their continued compliance with ILA Quality Standards?

ILA members participate in an annual Peer Review of their home and ongoing coaching opportunities, to ensure their compliance with the ILA Quality Standards and to provide them with tools and resources to improve their business. The ILA is a neutral organization and handles grievances on a case by case basis.

3. Does the ILA report on only accredited businesses?

No, the ILA recognizes the importance of providing the community with a comprehensive list of Independent Livings in Alameda County. A master list of all Independent Livings can be found here.

4. Can the ILA recommend a reputable Independent Living for me?

The ILA is a neutral organization and refrains from recommending or endorsing any business, product or service.

ILA members must meet the ILA Quality Standards to qualify for membership. You can search the ILA Directory for ILA Members. ILA membership demonstrates trust and quality; many residents, family members and healthcare organizations prefer to use ILA members when selecting housing options.

5. Does the ILA resolve resident or community complaints?

No, the ILA provides accurate and unbiased information to the public; however we do not handle complaints against specific Independent Livings. We recognize that many Independent Livings are safe and welcoming home environments; but regretfully a few are not. Click here to read about reporting ILFs.

6. How is the ILA funded?

The Independent Living Association is facilitated by Community Health Improvement Partners and funded Alameda County Health Care Services Agency.

 

 

 

Disclaimer:
This information should not be construed as legal advice. We encourage Independent Living owners, residents and others to consult legal counsel regarding any matter related to landlord/tenant rights, patient rights, care and treatment. Actual cases may vary, and may turn on specific facts.

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