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SENIOR LIVING CHOICES: BOARD AND CARE OR RESIDENTIAL CARE HOMES

A Board and Care Home or a larger Assisted Living community instead of a Nursing Home? Nicer environment, more supervision, and usually less expensive! Which is the right fit for Mom or Dad? Look at it this way – today we have some great choices!

Did you know that residents often receive far more attentive care at Board & Care homes than at skilled nursing facilities aka nursing homes?

Board & Care homes, sometimes called Residential Care Homes, are senior assisted care homes in a residential neighborhood, licensed by the state as a Residential Care Facility for the Elderly (just like Assisted Livings) to offer care, supervision and a social environment. There are usually six residents that reside in a home with two caregivers catering to their needs. Medications are managed, incontinence care is handled, and assistance with dressing, bathing and grooming, and escort help etc. is offered. Some homes are dedicated to memory impairment while others may cater to a higher functioning group. Others have a mixed population. As you visit the homes and communities, you’ll develop a comfort level on what might be best for your loved one.

Anita and Jennifer will offer guidance to help keep this decision practical yet compassionate.

There are far more Board and Care homes than Assisted Living communities in any given city throughout California. In the last 20 years the need for senior housing care has generated this growth. One can find a Board & Care home in just about every city or small town throughout Southern California. We take pride in having strong relationships with the homes to which we refer families. Since there are generally only up to six residents per home, it is especially important to know the sort of ambience and feel of the homes since a departure of one or two residents can greatly affect the home.

How to choose when Board and Care homes are appropriate:

  1. When your loved one is not very social, or just prefers a smaller “cozy” environment.
  2. When your loved one will need a high level of care. With a ratio of 2:6, caregiver to resident, you can feel very assured of the care and speed to which assistance is given to the resident.
  3. When your loved one is a “fall-risk” and needs extra help getting from room to room.
  4. When your loved one has some condition that requires a high level of supervision.

You'll be surprised with the many different choices in board and care homes today.

These homes have furniture one would find in their own home, as opposed to an institutional type setting. Many have tiled floors, outdoor gardens, gazebos and barbecues - some even have a cat or dog walking around. Each board and care home has its own unique flavor and style. Board and Care homes also usually accomodate Hospice as well as any Home Health directive ordered by one’s doctor. If your loved one doesn’t sleep well and wanders, or needs special care at night, make sure you choose a board and care home that offers Awake Staff - meaning that a caregiver is awake all night checking on the residents. These homes are generally more expensive but they will help you sleep better at night, too!

Residents can usually continue any Physical Therapy started at a Skilled Nursing Facility due to a fall, for example, at a Board and Care home.

Let Jennifer and Anita share their very specific information about these Board and Care homes. We visit them and speak to them frequently on bed and room availability, rates, and resident mix at the homes.

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