• California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform


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Mission Statement

Since 1983, California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (CANHR), a statewide nonprofit 501(c)(3) advocacy organization, has been dedicated to improving the choices, care and quality of life for California’s long term care consumers. Through direct advocacy, community education, legislation and litigation it has been CANHR’s goal to educate and support long term care consumers and advocates regarding the rights and remedies under the law, and to create a united voice for long term care reform and humane alternatives to institutionalization.


CANHR Services

  • Consumer Counseling:
    CANHR’s long term care advocates assist consumers with long term care options; pre-placement counseling; guidance with Medi-Cal eligibility and estate recovery; resident rights complaints; elder financial abuse problems; and community education on various long term care issues, including alternatives. CANHR’s toll-free hotline: (800) 474-1116 (in California only). See CANHR’s fact sheets.
  • Nursing Home Guide:
    CANHR’s online guide has in-depth information on all 1,300+ nursing homes in California, including interactive searches, comparisons and details on violations, complaints and services. www.nursinghomeguide.org
  • Residential Care Guide
    CANHR’s residential care guide includes basic information on RCFEs/Assisted Living in California, including licensing and ownership information, and, for those facilities who responded to our survey, basic information about services provided.www.residentialcareguide.org
  • Continuing Care Retirement Communities
    CANHR’s web site includes the most comprehensive information available about California’s growing CCRC industry. See CCRC section.
  • Family Council Organizing
    CANHR staff assists relatives and friends of nursing home residents to organize Family Councils in individual facilities. CANHR’s Family Council Organizing Kit and video.
  • Lawyer Referral Service
    CANHR has the only State Bar certified, statewide Lawyer Referral Service specifically designed to refer consumers to attorneys who specialize in estate planning for long term care, elder abuse and elder financial abuse issues. See LRS section.
  • Legal Services Support
    CANHR is a statewide legal services support center, providing technical assistance, training and advocacy support to qualified legal services program staff in California.
    Click here for details.
  • Advocacy Support
    CANHR develops corrective legislation and works with advocates and administrative agencies on clarification of current regulations and public policies related to funding and long term care issues.



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