You will find the answers to our most common questions here. Please feel free to contact us to get a more direct answer and to get help specific to your needs.
–How do I know when it’s time to begin looking for Senior care services?
This can depend on a variety of factors. For instance, an individual might become uncomfortable with living alone due to the possibilities of falling, getting sick, safety issues, forgetting to take medications, loneliness, poor nutrition or the difficulty of taking care of household responsibilities. In other instances, family members may not be able to provide a safe level of care for their loved one, or may live out of the area.
–What if I’m independent but my spouse needs to be in assisted living/Senior care?
There are a number of couples living in personal care homes who do not share the same health needs. Some homes are able to make accommodations for the couple, while others cannot. This type of situation should be discussed with the individual facilities on a case by case basis.
–How do I know what services the facility is supposed to provide for the residents?
The Residential care home can supply you with a description of their services, which will tell you exactly what services the home can and cannot provide. Some of the services offered at a typical residential care home include assistance with eating/drinking, bathing/personal hygiene, arranging for and managing health care, laundry, medication management, and many other services. Finding out what services a home offers is very important in determining whether or not the home can meet the individual’s needs. Each home is required to have a standard residential care home contract, which includes the fee associated with all services.
–Are residential care homes licensed and regulated?
Yes. All residential care homes are licensed by the California Department of Public Welfare. Residential care homes also meet state and local health, fire, and safety laws and regulations.
–Do I have to give all my money and possessions to the Assisted living or Residential care home in order to receive care?
No. You should only be asked to pay for the care and services you receive. Whatever monies and possessions you have in addition to that remains yours. Residential care homes have no direct access to your income or assets.
–My income is fairly low. Will I be able to afford assisted living/Residential care home?
Communities in the area can vary greatly in price and, depending on your income, some communities may accept SSI (Supplemental Security Income). SSI makes payments to people who are low income and either 65 or older or disabled. If you wish, Senior Placement Care can highlight communities that accept SSI.
–How can I get a list of residential care homes in my area?
Senior Placement Care can discuss all local Senior care facilities with you. We visit all of the Assisted living/Residential care communities in the Southbay, Long beach and Orange County areas on a regular basis, and we are able to review the financial and medical details of each community. Guidance from Senior Placement Care is completely free of charge for our clients.