157 Assisted Living Communities near Fresno
Oakmont Of Fresno
Paintbrush Assisted Living And Memory Care
Somerford Place Fresno
Sunrise Of Fresno
Cedarbrook Memory Care Community
Fairwinds Woodward Park
Kingston Bay Senior Living
Pryor Falls, Inc.
When the time comes for you, or the family you love, to start looking for assisted living, might be concerned about the quality of life in the city where you plan to settle. Fresno, CA, could not be more inviting for aging citizens. A city built in the middle of endless acres of rich farmland at the crossroads of several old rail lines, Fresno is filled with parks, golf courses, farmers’ markets and more cultural events than most cities five times its size.
The economy in Fresno has been steadily booming for decades, and today the city rests on a huge agricultural sector, a big manufacturing base and even a native high-tech industry. Jobs in these areas have drawn people at all skill levels, from day laborers and itinerant farmhands for the raisin and almond fields to software engineers looking for more space than they can afford in Silicon Valley, which is only 100 miles away on the coast. Finding your ideal assisted living community here just takes time; the city is so large and diverse, with enough time you can find almost anything you want without leaving the San Joaquin Valley.
What is Assisted Living?
Assisted living is a residential care system that allows seniors and disabled adults to live freely and independently while still having help available around the clock. Residents of assisted living communities can call on staff members to help them with bathing, grooming, household chores, transportation and meal preparation, among other activities of daily living (ADLs), while still living in a private or semi-private apartment of their own.
Services Available in Assisted Living Communities in Fresno
Residents in Fresno’s assisted living communities enjoy privacy, freedom, and the community – with enough help to take the edge off of daily chores and other ADLs. Staff at California’s assisted living communities can help seniors in their care with:
- Personal care needs
- Cleaning and straightening up private rooms
- Meal preparation
- Transportation, both medically necessary trips to the doctor and day trips for shopping and fun
- Emergency matters, such as falls and medical issues like asthma attacks and insulin reactions
- Education, entertainment and community events
Staff can also generally help senior residents with walking pets, managing financial affairs and reminders to take medication as prescribed by a doctor. Typically, staff are not allowed to administer medical treatments on their own, but most are able to help with grinding pills, nitroglycerin sprays, medicated cream and lotion, and with acquiring over-the-counter medicine that isn’t in conflict with your doctor’s treatment plan. Untrained and unlicensed staff at assisted living communities are not allowed to draw blood or give injections, and for any serious medical matter they are expected to call for professional help. The most common exception to this is in assisted living communities with a nurse or other licensed professional on staff. Rules vary as to what these employees can do, so it’s a good idea to clarify the community’s scope of practice before you move in.
Getting Ready to Move to Assisted Living in Fresno
Seniors who are thinking about moving into assisted living in Fresno usually start by getting medical clearance for the change. Your doctor performs a physical and mental health screening to make sure you don’t need a more intensive level of care, especially memory care.
Approval in hand, and assuming the move is not urgent, most seniors take a month or two to get their possessions moved or put in storage. Space can be limited in assisted living communities, though how much you can bring varies with the property. Ask ahead and leave your things in storage until you’re comfortable in your new place.
You might also want to take a critical look at your finances to make sure assisted living fits in your budget. Many seniors live on fixed incomes from Social Security, pensions and annuities, and a rapid change in expenses can upset the balance they’ve struck over the years. It’s a good idea to consult with a financial planner or other professional to make sure your monthly budget is up to the new expenses you’ve taken on.
How Much Does Assisted Living Cost in Fresno?
The average monthly cost of assisted living in Fresno is $4,288 according to Genworth Cost of Care survey 2017.
The cost of assisted living might actually represent a step in the right direction for aging citizens and family members who’ve been paying for in-home care. In Fresno, the average home health worker costs $4,288 a month, according to the 2017 Genworth Cost of Care Survey. Compared with this, $3,405 a month for assisted living can mean real savings, especially when compared to the national median price of $3,750.
Assisted living, a mostly non-medical option for care, is certainly more affordable than most other options. Skilled nursing care in Fresno, for example, costs an average of $8,091 a month for a semi-private room, while a private room runs up to $8,882 a month.
Our local Seniorly Partner Agents often have the ability to negotiate monthly rent and fees on your behalf at many of the communities you might be interested in. This is a free service to you. To connect to a Seniorly Partner Agent email us now at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (866) 855-4515.
Assisted Living vs. Other Types of Senior Care Facilities
Assisted living is just one option for seniors looking for care options in Fresno. For aging citizens with serious health issues that need regular supervision and medical assistance, skilled nursing can be a more appropriate choice.
Seniors with advancing Alzheimer’s and dementia often opt for memory care, where the focus is on assistance and supervision of affected seniors. There is less attention to privacy and more on safety since most seniors with neurological issues need constant supervisor. Many of Fresno’s assisted living communities have memory care facilities on the same property, which encourages continuity of care between stages of life.
Hospice care is another level of care for people with serious and end-stage chronic illnesses, and it provides residential treatment for pain and symptom management, but little effort toward rehabilitation.
Helpful Apps and Websites for Assisted Living in Fresno
Seniors in Fresno assisted living communities don’t have to feel alone. With access to these helpful apps and websites, local seniors can get out, get things done and feel like they’re in charge of their own lives.
Measure C was a voter-initiated ballot measure that created the Taxi Scrip program. By visiting this program’s website, seniors can book free taxi service to anywhere in the local coverage area, provided they make arrangements far enough ahead of time.
The Fresno Public Library has gone above and beyond to help local seniors find the help they need. By visiting the Library’s page for senior services, you can find links out to local assistance programs, low-income energy assistance, state and federal programs for aging citizens and health care-oriented services for Fresno seniors. This page is primarily intended as a clearinghouse for seniors’ needs, but you can also find direct links to some of the library’s own senior events and services.
Many seniors have retired after a lifetime of service to their community. The relatively sudden change of pace can leave you feeling underemployed and not very engaged with the people outside of your assisted living community. By visiting Hands On Central, Fresno seniors can find multiple volunteer opportunities that keep local 55+ adults busy with volunteer jobs that sorely need experienced and friendly elders.
Resources for Caregivers in Fresno
Full-time caregiving is a demanding job, and the special people who do it have needs of their own to look after. These resources help Fresno’s caregivers find the help they need to do their jobs at their full capacity.
The Fresno Veterans’ Administration has an online presence especially for local caregivers. This site has directory links for general caregiver resources, such as training and community support. You can also find links to services for caregivers working specifically with post-9/11 veterans and for female former service members.
Fresno County has a directory of local respite care service providers. These are Fresno-based nonprofits, both secular and faith-based, that can offer anything from a few hours of care to let you get some personal chores done, to multi-day care programs that let you take brief vacations and come back fresh.
The University of California, Fresno School of Medicine operates a Center for Aging that trains local medical students in the special needs of seniors and their caregivers. From their website, caregivers can find links out to respite care providers and social support, such as peer-counseling groups and community-based emotional and spiritual support groups.
Government Resources for Seniors in Fresno
Fresno is the seat of Fresno County, and both the county and the state offer great resources to help seniors adjust to assisted living and make the most of their time in the community.
The State of California operates a healthy-aging program that links seniors from the program website to local health care, volunteer and even tax resources. From the Find Services link on the main page, you can connect with county- and city-specific resources near you.
The Area Agency on Aging, which serves both Fresno County and nearby Madera County, has a wealth of resources for seniors on its website. Here, you can find links to programs that run the gamut of senior needs, including:
- Health promotion
- Family caregiver support
- Health insurance counseling and advocacy
- Elder abuse prevention
- Long-Term care ombudsman program
Fresno is California’s fourth-largest city, the biggest city in the state that isn’t on the coast, and by far the biggest city in the southern San Joaquin Valley. No fewer than 527,000 people live here, roughly evenly spread between urban, suburban and rural living across over 100 square miles of flat land between mountains. About 10%, or 53,000, are seniors who live at all stages of care, from fully independent over-65s who own their homes, to aging citizens who have moved in with family, to assisted living and inpatient care residents.
Much of California enjoys a Mediterranean climate, which makes it a lot like Italy or Greece, weather-wise. Fresno is an exception, as it sits in the middle of the lower Central Valley, where the Coastal Range creates a rain shadow and summers are marked by warm air getting trapped on the valley floor under a cold front that rolls off the mountains. A very special type of weather, Tule Fog, billows into Fresno every so often, which puts a tomato-killing chill in the morning air, even in June and July. Rainfall is spotty here, but in winter an occasional storm makes it over the mountains to the west and dumps its rain when it slams into the Sierra Nevadas to the east.
Average daily high temperatures in Fresno hover around 76.9 degrees Fahrenheit, while daily lows average 51.3 degrees Fahrenheit. In a typical year, residents are reminded that there’s no such thing as a “typical year” for rainfall in Fresno. This semi-arid environment gets maybe 12.83 inches of rain a year, which is enough to power the amazing fertility of the farmland, but not enough to ruin most people’s picnics.
Transportation in and Around Fresno
Fresno has undergone its most rapid expansion in the age of the car, so most of the city follows the Los Angeles model of putting everything far away from everything else. This creates a lot of open space, even in the densest parts of the Central City neighborhood, but it also creates a demand for many bus lines to serve the city’s carless residents. These buses are operated by the city transit authority, Fresno Area Express (FAX), which offers senior and disabled ride discounts, as well as dial-a-ride services for people who have trouble making it to regular bus stops on their own.
Fun Facts About Fresno
- Fresno is the raisin capital of the world and it all started with an accident in 1920, when grapes grown for wine were allowed to dry on the vine. The shriveled remains turned out to be good to eat, which led some local vinters to try doing it again on purpose. Today, Fresno is the source of 99% of America’s raisin supply.
- Fresno is also the fig capital of the world. Most of America's figs grow within a few miles of Fresno. One reason figs do so well here but not elsewhere is the presence of the fig wasp, which pollinates the growing fig. Without the wasp, the figs (which are not fruits, but inside-out flowers!) never develop and eventually drop off the stem. This means, bizarrely, that every ripe fig has a small population of very tiny wasps living inside of it, and there's really no good way to get rid of them before the figs are eaten.
- Around the time raisins were being accidentally invented in the fields outside of town, another happy accident was starting a local tradition. Shortly after Van Ness Blvd. got electricity, residents started putting out Christmas lights. That naturally led to a neighborhood competition to put out ever-better decorations, which escalated over the next century. Today, over 140 homes take part in Christmas Tree Lane, an annual effort that starts on December 2 and turns every house on Van Ness into an electrified cathedral of lights.
Fresno Hospital Information
Fresno’s half-million residents are served by multiple full-sized hospitals and medical centers, which tend to cluster near the main north-south freeways that cut through downtown. Saint Agnes Medical Center is one of the busiest facilities in the region, and Madera Community Hospital acts as the county provider for inpatient and emergency care.
Assisted Living Community Ratings, Inspection Reports and User Reviews for Fresno
Before moving into a new assisted living community in Fresno, seniors and their families should learn all they can about the laws and regulations governing their new homes. It’s also helpful to research new places online to find out what other people are saying about the properties you’re considering.
Fresno’s assisted living communities are regulated on the state level, by the California Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing Division. This body publishes guidelines for care providers on every level, from assisted living to skilled nursing, memory care and hospice facilities. The Division’s governing board sets rules, takes reports and orders inspections to ensure compliance with California’s strict standards of care.
The California Better Business Bureau keeps an online directory of assisted living options in Fresno, along with information about each property’s known issues. On the BBB site, people researching a facility can look it up by name, read about any unresolved complaints and see the status of actions relating to the quality of care at that community.
Published reviews from other seniors and their families can be a gold mine of information about the assisted living community you’re looking into. Yelp, for example, publishes largely unfiltered reviews and user experiences that can tell you a lot about all the communities on your short list. Google Places and the properties’ own Facebook or Instagram accounts can do something similar, as well as showing you pictures of the place you’re thinking about visiting.
Top 10 Questions to Ask While Touring Assisted Living Facilities in Fresno
It’s always a good idea to schedule an in-person visit to the assisted living communities you’re thinking about joining. By the time you, or the senior you care for, have narrowed down the list, whether it’s only one or a dozen, you should be scheduling walk-throughs to have a first-person look at the facilities, chat with residents and staff and develop a firm idea of what it’s like to live there. Our Seniorly Guides can take care of everything for you, as they’ve visited every community in your desired location. Still, here are ten out of 74 questions we’ve created to prepare to ask about the things that matter most to you or your aging relative’s quality of life. These 10 questions are just the start of a serious inquiry:
- Do the staff members speak your or your loved-one’s language fluently?
- Are pets allowed? If so, what kind?
- Is housecleaning for personal living spaces included in the price? If not, what is the fee?
- Can residents take food back to their rooms?
- Can visiting family members and guests dine with the residents? If so, is there a charge?
- Does the community have any special amenities or services worth mentioning, such as a beauty parlor, fitness room, therapy pool, etc.?
- Do residents interact with the surrounding community? If so, do residents go on regular outings or do volunteers come into the community?
- Is there any live entertainment provided? If so, what kind, and how often?
- What is your medication management policy?
- Are visitors allowed at any time, or are there specific visiting hours? If you have specific visiting hours, what are they?