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Average cost in U.S.: $3,628/ month
Average cost in Walnut Creek: $3,950/ month
Highest average cost in U.S.: Washington D.C. ($6,700/ month)
Average length of stay in U.S.: 36 months
Number of U.S. assisted living communities: 31,200
*Source: Genworth - Compare Long Term Care Costs Across the United States
As stated above assisted living communities are residential senior care options that provides non-medical assistance with activities of daily living (“ADLs”). According to Investopedia there are “There are six basic ADLs: eating, bathing, dressing, toileting, transferring (walking) and continence. A person's ability to perform ADLs is important for determining what type of long-term care — for example.”.
In addition to providing assistance with ADLs, most assisted living communities offer central dining, exercise programs, housekeeping services, transportation options and care supervision. Assisted living residents typically live in their own private or semiprivate apartments depending on their preference. Care needs for assisted living residents are assessed regularly in case there is a change that requires staff notification. Assisted living communities feature activities schedules filled with events to suit a variety of preferences. Families are encouraged to visit assisted living communities where their loved ones are residing. Loved ones are invited to special events and holiday parties designed for community residents.
Happiness also comes from a supportive and compassionate staff, independence and affordability. In many ways it's like a marriage. There are many choices, more now than ever, and so when selecting the right assisted living for you or your loved one, care, patience and research should be the number one priority.
The average monthly rent for assisted living in Walnut Creek ranges from $4,100 to $7,200.
What is the ratio of staff to residents?
What is the staff turnover rate?
What types of training do the staff members have?
Is there staff available to provide 24-hour assistance with activities of daily living (ADL’s) such as dressing, eating, bathing and toileting?
Can meals be provided at a time the resident prefers, or are there set times for meals?
Check out more questions here: Questions to Ask On Your Community Tour
Seniorly.com has aggregated reviews and ratings on assisted living communities from across the web. While nothing can replace the experience of touring a community, reviews and ratings can help you narrow down options. You can find more than 500 reviews on assisted living near Walnut Creek.
Assisted living is defined as: “housing for elderly or disabled people that provides nursing care, housekeeping, and prepared meals as needed.” A simple way to understand it is housing that provides non-medical assistance of activities of daily living (“ADLs”) in a supportive environment.
While many people use Nursing Home and Assisted Living interchangeably, they are actually two different types of housing options. Nursing Homes, or Skilled Nursing Facilities, provide 24-hour medical care, while Assisted Living provides 24-hour non-medical care. Nursing Homes are licensed and reimbursed by Medicare or Medicaid, while Assisted Living primarily private pay (some exceptions do apply). Nursing Homes tend to be more like Hospitals while Assisted Living tends to be a more home-like community.
According to AARP, 87% of seniors say they want to age in place. It's easy to understand that many seniors would rather live out their golden years at home than in an assisted living community. It's a comfortable, private and familiar place. However, depending on the circumstances, an assisted living may be the smarter alternative to receiving home care. Just keep in mind that not all senior assisted living facilities are created equal. Some provide resort-like amenities, such as retirement residences, while others focus on health care and health management, like skilled nursing facilities. There are major differences in cost, as well. And, the move will most likely be to smaller quarters. This means the bulk of what has been collected over the years, such as furnishings, mementos and other personal effects, will have to be left behind. This can be one of the most difficult and traumatic aspects of leaving your home for assisted living, for each item may carry significant meaning and letting go means life is changing in a big way.
Each state has a regulatory department that oversees Assisted Living facilities. They also do periodic evaluations (at least once every five years) to make sure that the facilities meet the requirements set in place to ensure the safety of the residents. Each local district licensing office has a file on every facility in its district. As a consumer, you have the right to view the public file upon request. Items you should expect to see in the public file include:
the most recent inspection report
any complaints a facility has received within the last two to three years
the facility’s Plan of Operation
the waiver application and/or approval for hospice care (state by state)
any Advisory Notes regarding the facility.
Complaints may be filed by anyone – a resident, a resident’s family member or friend, or by a staff member. When reviewing a public file, be particularly aware of any complaints that allege abuse of patients or those that suggest any violations of resident rights. Check to see if there is a pattern of any one of more similar complaint.
Seniorly.com recommends you do your own evaluations too. Once you have reviewed the public files of your top choices and are ready to make a personal visit, you should have a checklist of items to be looking for as you tour the facility.
Meet the administration and ask to meet a current resident if possible. Plan at least one visit at a mealtime. Visit more than once, at various times of day to see how different staffing shifts relate to the residents.
Medicaid is available to people with limited income and has more coverage for long-term care costs than Medicare. It covers personal care (such as help bathing, dressing, etc.), home health care, adult day care, and assisted living care among other things. However, it has specific health and financial eligibility requirements. In particular, if your financial resources are above a certain limit, you will be required to use those resources first.
It’s also important to know that eligibility and what is covered varies by state. In California, for example, Medicare benefits are provided under the Medi-Cal program. The plans provided through Medi-Cal vary by county. They are all required to provide a core set of benefits through the Affordable Care Act, but access to long-term care may vary. There are multiple ways to apply, including online, but if you have any doubts about what plan might be best for you, it’s a good idea to apply in person at your local county social services office, or get advice through a financial advisor or your local Area Agency on Aging.
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