79 assisted living communities near Long Beach
Glen Park At Long Beach
Crofton Manor Inn
Regency Palms Long Beach
Brighten Cottages - Greenbrier
Villa Redondo Care Home
Hacienda Grande Senior Assisted Living
Vista Del Mar Senior Living
Bixby Knolls Tower
Chateau Long Beach
Regent Villa Retirement Home
Palmcrest Grand Residence
Our Hands Care Home
What is Assisted Living?
In assisted living communities, seniors receive the personal care they need with the activities of daily living (ADLs) — activities such as bathing, grooming and dressing — while still maintaining as much independence as possible. Assisted living communities remove the burdens of housekeeping, laundry and meal preparation from their residents, freeing them up to enjoy a more relaxed schedule filled with social activities.
In most assisted living communities, three meals a day are provided, usually in a shared dining hall to provide opportunities for social interaction. In addition, communities typically provide transportation to medical appointments and sometimes also to run errands or enjoy entertainment.
A full schedule of social activities is the norm at many assisted living communities, keeping the residents engaged, alert and active. Studies show that social interaction is one of the keys to staying healthy while aging, and these activities, which typically include exercise programs and day trips, are a big part of that.
Nonmedical care is generally available 24/7 at an assisted living community, and some medical care may be offered as well, depending on the size of the community. While larger communities can offer more amenities, all assisted living facilities provide comfort and care within a welcoming, accessible residential environment.
Services Available in Assisted Living Communities in Long Beach
Every assisted living community provides meals and accommodations, though the specifics may vary from one facility to the next. Expect three healthy meals a day served in a shared dining hall. In some larger communities, you'll also find snack bars or cafes that are open when the dining hall is closed. Some residents may also enjoy kitchenettes with microwaves so they can eat in their own suites. Accommodations can range from a shared room in a no-frills community to a spacious private apartment.
Staff at assisted living communities help residents with dressing, grooming and bathing and other ADLs, as well as with medication management. Residents don't have to hassle with household chores, since housekeeping staff are available to do laundry, change bed linens, and keep apartments clean.
Long Beach assisted living communities also typically provide transportation to medical appointments and, in many cases, to run errands or help the residents enjoy day trips. Residents might get out to the Aquarium of the Pacific or tour the Queen Mary in Long Beach Harbor, or they might head to live theater, movies, or shopping centers for a little fun. Back home at larger assisted living communities, residents can use on-site amenities, which often include swimming pools, game rooms, movie theaters, gyms and beauty salons.
Getting Ready to Move to Assisted Living in Long Beach
Before your loved one can move into an assisted living community, they'll most likely have to undergo a couple of simple evaluations. The first involves your loved one's personal physician, who reviews current mental and physical condition and provides information about current medications, all current treatments or therapies, and any special dietary needs.
Next, the staff at the assisted living community you're considering assesses your loved one to determine how much help they need with the ADLs. Here, the facility staff confirm whether or not they can provide the services your loved one actually needs. If they determine their community isn't a good fit, they may be able to recommend another community in Long Beach that can provide all the needed services.
Costs Associated with Assisted Living in Long Beach
You might have the idea that assisted living communities are expensive. Challenge that idea by adding up just what your loved one currently pays in rent, utilities, food, home maintenance, in-home care and other elements of the cost of living. When you do this, you may discover that the monthly fees at the assisted living community you're considering aren't that high at all.
Remember, assisted living fees cover far more than just rent. They typically also include all meals, all the nonmedical personal care provided, housekeeping services, laundry services and maintenance. If the community you're considering hosts additional amenities such as a gym or pool, those are also included, as are landscaping, the maintenance of outdoor spaces and various social activities provided.
You can find assisted living communities in Long Beach across a wide spectrum of prices. Average monthly fees in Long Beach run about $3,100, but you can find some no-frills communities closer to $2,000 per month. If you want a lavishly appointed community that feels more like a resort, those are available, too, with monthly rates near $10,000 per month.
If your loved one prefers an indoor lifestyle and isn't likely to use the amenities available at higher-priced communities, check out the available basic communities on the lower end of the financial spectrum. Even at the lower price, these communities typically provide all basic care and meals from a well-trained staff that focuses on making residents feel welcome and comfortable. Prices can be minimized even more if your loved one is willing to share a room.
At the other end of the spectrum, you'll find those resort-style assisted living communities, filled with activities and amenities on-site. Residents typically live in large apartments and enjoy high-end gyms, swimming pools, and other top amenities. Food is high-quality with plenty of choices, and residents can often customize their own meals. In addition to nonmedical care, some of these more luxurious communities also have medical care available around the clock, with visiting physicians, physical therapists, podiatrists, and other medical specialists.
In the middle of the spectrum are boutique assisted living communities that offer some amenities and high-quality meal options. Often in these communities, residents have private rooms or apartments, and they can take advantage of exercise programs and the 24/7 availability of certified staff.
Assisted Living vs. Other Types of Senior Care
Assisted living isn't the only type of residential care available for seniors. Those who are able to live independently with no need for assistance with the ADLs may want to consider an independent living community. On the other side of the continuum, seniors with significant medical needs may need a skilled nursing facility.
In a skilled nursing facility, nurses are available 24/7 to meet residents' medical needs as well as their personal care and nonmedical needs. Often the residents have medical conditions that require monitoring or close attention, and in many cases, they're largely inactive physically.
Independent living communities, on the other hand, cater to seniors who don't need assistance with personal care or medication management. Most of these communities provide a lot of opportunities for social and physical activity, helping seniors to stay connected and active.
Assisted living is right between these two options. In an assisted living community, residents get the help they need with the ADLs, meals and transportation while retaining as much independence as possible on an individual basis.
Helpful Apps and Websites for Assisted Living in Long Beach
Since Long Beach sits on the Orange County border while actually being part of Los Angeles County, seniors in assisted living communities here can take advantage of plenty of apps and delivery services designed to make senior life more convenient and simple. Check out a few of the most popular:
Zeel: Get a relaxing massage right in your own apartment.
Heal: Yes, doctors still make house calls when you use this convenient app.
LegalTap: If you need to update your will or deal with a tax problem, get legal help via Skype at bargain prices with this app.
In addition, many on-demand companies located in Orange County and in Los Angeles provide useful services to Long Beach residents, connecting you with beauty services, health care, auto care, and pet care via your smartphone or computer.
Resources for Caregivers in Long Beach
If you've been a caregiver for your loved one, you've probably ended up neglecting yourself from time to time. Fortunately, resources are available throughout Los Angeles County, including in Long Beach, to help provide resources and respite to caregivers here. A variety of support groups and respite care for caregivers and to find advocacy groups that help with long-term care issues, insurance questions, and elder abuse situations are available, including:
MemorialCare Long Beach — Caregiver support based at Long Beach's premier hospital
Family Caregiver Alliance — Caregiver support affiliated with the University of Southern California's Leonard Davis School of Gerontology
VA Long Beach — Support for caregivers of veterans through Long Beach's Veterans Administration hospital
Government Resources for Seniors in Long Beach
Programs offered by the state of California's Department of Aging provide services to seniors, including adult day care for those on Medi-Cal, which is California's Medicaid program. Other programs encourage healthy aging and promote senior involvement in their local communities.
The city of Long Beach hosts six senior centers through the Long Beach Parks, Recreation & Marine Department. These centers invite seniors to participate in enrichment opportunities, fitness programs, special interest groups and excursions while providing opportunities for volunteering, social services, and nutrition programs.
Long Beach Demographics
Long Beach, the fifth-largest city in California, is an ethnically diverse city where more than one-third of the population speaks Spanish; it's also home to more Cambodians than any city outside Cambodia. This beachfront city is one of the few in Southern California that's affordable to people with median incomes.
Long Beach Weather
Long Beach has nearly perfect weather, with warm, dry summers, mild winters and 345 days of sunshine every year. Temperatures hover in the low 80s during the summer, and highs rarely drop below the 60s, even during the winter. Mild rainfall occurs during the winter, totaling a few inches of precipitation per month.
Transportation In and Around Long Beach
Long Beach's public bus line, Long Beach Transit, connects you to every corner of this large city. Free shuttle buses run along the coast between the city's attractions, and water taxis are available to get you to Alamitos Bay and the Queen Mary. Long Beach is at the end of the Los Angeles Metro Blue Line, a light rail that connects directly to downtown L.A. Long Beach is also one of the most bike-friendly cities in the country, with more than 100 miles of bike routes and a scenic bike path that winds along the coastline.
Fun Facts About Long Beach
Long Beach is noted among urban planners for the remarkable turnaround it accomplished with its downtown, which is now a popular tourist destination anchored by the Aquarium of the Pacific, its convention center, and the Queen Mary. It's also one of the largest ports in the world. Every April, the streets of Long Beach shut down to host the Toyota Grand Prix, an exciting road race that brings some of the top race drivers to the city.