10 assisted living communities near Walnut Creek
Walnut Creek Willows
A Place For Seniors
Gill Port Care Home
Walnut Creek Care Home
Windsor Rosewood Care Center
Entrust of Concord
Ramona Care Home
Better Living Care Home
Camino Ramon Home For Seniors
What services are provided in Assisted Living Facilities in Walnut Creek, California?
Assisted living facilities provide assistance with activities of daily living, 3 meals per day, medication management, and 24-hour supervision. Some facilities in Walnut Creek provide transportation, robust social activities, Alzheimer’s and other dementia related illnesses care, diabetes care, short-term respite care, and much more. Looking for different types of listings? Explore Memory Care communities for rent in Walnut Creek, Independent Living communities for rent in Walnut Creek, Short-Term Assisted Living communities for rent in Walnut Creek, and In-Home Care services in Walnut Creek.
What is Assisted Living - Walnut Creek, CA?
An assisted living community is a residential senior care option that provides non-medical assistance with activities of daily living. This includes personal care services like bathing, dressing, and grooming. It also includes medication management, meals, housekeeping, transportation and supervision. Search 91 Assisted Living facilities in Walnut Creek plus 28 Independent Living , 44 Memory Care , 66 with Private Rooms , 4 that allow dogs , 21 starting at less than $3,000 per month , and 25 that offer Short-Term Respite Stays Retirement Home communities and facilities near Walnut Creek. More than 25 of these licensed facilities specializing in senior care services in Walnut Creek are single family homes that have been converted to Board and Care Homes. Filter by price, beds, location, and size of property. Read our financial planning resource when you’re considering “Paying for Assisted Living”. Trying to figure out what is a better fit between Assisted Living or In-Home Care? You might want to find to speak with a local Geriatric Care Manager in Walnut Creek to help you go over options.
Seniorly's Guide to Assisted Living in Walnut Creek
Let’s first start with the basics. Assisted living communities are residential properties that deliver non-medical care focused on Activities of Daily Living and/or memory support. They are licensed by the State of California’s Department of Social Services Community Care Licensing (“CCL”). This agency is responsible for ensuring these communities are safe and secure. CCL’s database lists 93 licensed communities in Walnut Creek. There are four types of properties offer these assisted living services in Walnut Creek: Board and Care Home, Assisted Living, Memory Care, and Continuing Care Retirement Communities.
Board and Care Homes are single family homes spread throughout the area. Pros: They are usually more budget friendly, have an intimate setting, and have higher staff to resident ratios (industry average 1:6). Cons: They do not have amenities, much socialization opportunities, or fine dining services.
Assisted Living Communities are purpose built properties often appearing to be a large apartment complex from the outside. Pros: They have many amenities, robust social programing and therapies, and typically offer better dining experiences. Cons: They are expensive and often have lower staff to resident ratios (industry average 1:16).
Memory Care Communities are either purpose built properties or wings within Assisted Living communities. Most large Assisted Living communities have Memory Care wings which offer 20-30 private and shared rooms to seniors. Pros: They typically have staff training in Alzheimer’s and dementia caregiving, and have higher staff to resident ratios (sometimes as low as 1:5). Cons: They are very expensive and not all “training” is equal.
Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs or LifeCare) communities are purpose built properties meant to care for seniors when they are more independent. The concept was created to enable a new way to “age in place”. These properties have different living options that support seniors at a healthier stage all the way through very high levels of care (including medical needs). Pros: They offer a new “age in place” solution. Cons: They are very expensive with initial buy-in fees in the hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars.
The challenging part is finding a community within your budget and/or making a decision on the type of community that best fits your needs. In terms figuring out what type of community works for you, the best way to experience it is to take tours. In fact, most families tour 3-5 properties before making a decision. You can always try a community temporarily through short-term stays (typically 2-4 weeks). So there you have it. Everything you need to get started with your search process for Assisted Living in Walnut Creek. I know that making these decisions can be tough. Especially when you are looking for a parent. Rest assured that many of these properties are a far cry away from the modern connotation of nursing homes.
Interesting Facts About Walnut Creek Assisted Living
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
Assisted Living Care, Services and Amenities
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.
Walnut Creek Costs for Assisted Living
The average monthly rent for assisted living in Walnut Creek ranges from $4,100 to $7,200.
5 Questions to Ask While Touring Assisted Living Facilities
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
Assisted Living Reviews and Ratings
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 Definition
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.
Retirement Communities, Walnut Creek: Assisted Living vs. Nursing Home
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.
Walnut Creek Assisted Living vs. Home Care
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.
Assisted Living Regulations
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.
Assisted Living Medicaid
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.
Assisted Living Resources in Walnut Creek, California
We assist older adults, people with disabilities and families to maximize self-sufficiency, safety, health and independence. We serve with compassion and respect for the dignity and self-determination of all adults and families.
The Center for Elders’ Independence (CEI) is a non-profit, elder care Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) health plan for seniors age 55 and older who prefer not to move into a nursing home, but whose health problems make it impossible for them to stay at home without the help of caregivers. Contact one of our PACE program senior health care representatives now!
Diablo Valley Foundation for the Aging is a not-for-profit corporation providing community service to seniors in Contra Costa County since 1975. Founded by a group of community leaders including Dean S. Lesher, former publisher of the Contra Costa Times, and Katharine M. Grant, a social worker, the Foundation is committed to providing vital services to aging persons who are at risk because they are alone, isolated, pressed by financial problems, or are confused. The focus of our organization is to prevent inappropriate institutionalization of elders by providing the necessary support to maintain them in the community. Comprised of dedicated professionals and volunteers, we enable older adults to live with as much independence and freedom as possible.
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.
The Community Care Licensing Division’s (CCLD) mission is to promote the health, safety, and quality of life of each person in community care through the administration of an effective collaborative regulatory enforcement system. Today the CCL Program remains a Division within CDSS. However the nature of community care has changed significantly and now includes care for persons whose needs require the management of severe behavior adjustment problems, serious mental disorders and significant medical needs. In order to give emphasis to the different populations served the CCL Program is now governed by three separate licensing Acts and a fourth statute that was enacted in 1990.
Free and easy-to-use, CalQualityCare.org features information on nursing homes, and other assisted living facilities, along with tips and checklists about how to choose a health care provider, questions to ask, how to pay for care, and what to do if something goes wrong. Better information enables smarter choices when making long-term care decisions decisions. Publicly available information about health care quality — and consumers eager to consider quality in their long-term care decisions — will improve the health care system.