In Home Care
Private and community organizations offer a wide variety of services that allow a senior to remain at home. Services include transportation; meal delivery; shopping; and live-in and daily caregivers providing assistance with medication reminders, bathing, dressing, laundry and light housekeeping.
Independent Living/Retirement Communities
While many seniors could remain in their own homes, more and more of them desire a more social environment, a community that offers a full activity program, day trips, shopping, some or all meals, and interaction with other residents who may be similar to them. Some may have outlived their friends and are seeking the support and camaraderie of peers.
Seniors who need some assistance with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) such as bathing, dressing, walking, and medication, find that assisted living facilities provide not only the support for those activities, but the added benefit of socialization in a context of independence and comfort. An assisted living facility may be ideal for those who need some assistance, but are able to live and function for the most part on their own. Assisted living facilities are licensed by the California Department of Social Services.
Alzheimer’s Care Facilities
Some senior care assisted living communities have specialized memory care units designed with safety features for patients suffering from Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Some facilities are dedicated to residents with dementia, others have designated units within the community for care which is designed to maintain or improve cognitive function in their residents.
Residential Care Homes/Board and Care Homes
These homes, also licensed by the California Department of Social Services, provide the services of assisted living and Alzheimer’s care facilities, but in an intimate, home-like setting serving a maximum of six residents.
Skilled Nursing Facilities
A skilled nursing facility (SNF) is normally the highest level of care for older adults outside of a hospital. They provide custodial care, including getting in and out of bed, and providing assistance with feeding, bathing and dressing. They also provide a high level of medical care. A licensed physician supervises each patient’s care and a nurse or other medical professional is almost always on the premises. Skilled nursing care is available on site, usually 24 hours a day. Other medical professionals such as occupational or physical therapists are also available. SNFs are licensed by the California Department of Health Services.