California Nursing Homes: Assisted Living & Elderly Care in CA
In California, there are over 1200 Certified Nursing Care facilities. The occupancy rate at California facilities is at or just above 85%.
California Care Facilities Statistic:
Depending on where you live the size of assisted care/nursing home facilities can vary in the number of beds available and the incurred cost of the facility.
In California, there are 120,000 assisted care/nursing home beds in those 1200 plus facilities. Approximately 102,000 residents reside in those nursing care facilities. This number will vary from year to year and month to month. For more information go to www.cdc.gov.
California Staff to patient ratio:
There is only one state in the United States that requires, by law, a minimum nurse to resident ratio 24/7 in all facilities and units, and that is California.
In California, according to www.justice.gov there must be nursing staff at a level in which to provide each resident just over 3hrs minimum per day of direct nursing care.
In the facilities that have less than 60 beds an RN or LVN is required 24/7. If the facility has between 60 and 100 beds, then an additional DON (Director of Nursing) RN is required for the day time. This RN cannot however, be the charge nurse. In a facility that is over 100 beds It is required by law to have the DON RN and an RN 24/7.
As always there needs to be enough staff to provide nursing and related services as they pertain to individual personal care plans and to maintain or enhance the physical, social and emotional needs of each resident according to their individual care plans.
For pending legislation for staff to resident ratio in California go to www.justice.gov.
Cost: The average cost in California for an Assisted Living/Nursing Home Care is approximately $4,000for assisted living care and approximately $8,000 for a semi-private and $9,000 for a private room in a nursing home according to www.genworth.com. That is just under $120,000 a year for nursing home care.
Paying for Assisted Living Nursing Care Facilities in California:
In California, it will need to be determined if you can qualify for Medi-Cal which is California’s Medicaid program. Medi-Cal covers nursing facility cost for about three fourths of the population of California and is restricted by income and medical needs. It is best to contact the California Department of Health Services to assist you in deciding what you may or may not qualify for as it relates to long term or assisted living care.
Most residents pay with pension funds, long-term health insurance, retirement accounts, savings, Social Security and V.A. Benefits. All of these are considered private pay.
Medicare Part A may include coverage at a SNF, skilled nursing facility, if the patient requires skilled medical care.
Nursing home care is generally referred to as custodial care and will not be covered by Medicare.
Medicaid payments, once applied for, will begin when the nursing home or assisted living resident has exhausted all other means of payment such as private funds and/or Long Term Health Insurance. In other words, when the patient no longer has any other means of payment Medicaid takes over in a Medicaid Certified nursing facility.
Top Nursing Care Facilities in California:
According to U.S. News and World Report there are over 250 top rated nursing care facilities in the state of California. These top-rated facilities are located throughout the state.
Top reasons for needing Long-Term care are age, physical and or mental/memory disabilities, health issues and living alone. The longer you live the more likely it is that you will need long term care. As we age we are prone to the development of health issues which we will not be able to manage at home on our own.
Options for Care in California:
- Nursing Home Facilities – Nursing Homes provide care for their residents 24/7. Nursing Homes are for our Seniors who need medical and personal care assistance. Seniors with high level medical needs or those with complex medical conditions find the help they need in nursing homes. Nursing Homes provide long-term care for Seniors who require skilled nursing care.
Nursing Homes are set up to enhance and/or maintain the physical, mental, and social well-being of Seniors who are in need of medical and personal care assistance. Nursing homes provide the most extensive personal care that you can receive independent of a hospital.
- Assisted Living Facilities – Most of us would prefer that our loved one live at home where they feel safe and secure. There may come a time however, when staying at home is no longer a safe option for our loved one. Usually there will be an incident that brings us to this realization such as the Elder forgetting to take their medication, forgetting to eat their meals or even just the loneliness associated with living alone.
These communities provide care and housing to our elders who need more assistance with daily care but are not yet at the level of care that is provided at a nursing home.
Assisted living communities have grown as an option for our elders who are still independent but require some assistance with daily living tasks.
Assisted Living communities provide, assistance with eating when necessary, medication management, housekeeping, daily hygiene needs and dressing, physical mobility needs, socialization and community activities and transportation needs.
- Day Care Centers/Senior Centers – Provide meals, social interaction, exercise programs and dance programs. They provide the older person and the family a respite from personal care which can help the family caregiver go to work or just take a break from the taxing responsibilities of caring for an older loved one.
- Home Health Care – Caretakers can provide personal hygiene care, meal preparation, light cleaning and transportation to stores, appointments and social activities.