Assisted Living Communities
Today, more than 835,200 seniors live in senior living communities where they receive the assistance they need while maintaining their privacy, dignity, and respect.
Many seniors who were once isolated in their own homes, without friends or sense of purpose, thrive after moving into a senior living community — where they are surrounded with the nurturing care that all older adults deserve.
Senior living and memory care communities are licensed and regulated by all 50 states and provide 24-hour supervision, meals, activities, medication management, and assistance with activities of daily living such as dressing and bathing. It is widely known that older adults who socialize, exercise, embrace wellness, and engage with their friends, families and loved ones are happier and healthier. Senior living provides a place to engage in community life. Residents and families report high satisfaction levels with their senior living experience.
In California, we have a wide range of options when it comes to choosing the right assisted living community for your loved one. Communities vary in terms of their size, type, and level of care and financial model. For example, there are large communities licensed by the state to deliver care at a certain level with many options for social interaction.
A popular model for more frail seniors are residential care homes, also referred to as board & care homes. Residential care homes are licensed by the Dept of Social Services, just like larger communities and are held to the same standards. The difference comes in the level of care and oversight.
If you are struggling to coordinate your care needs or those of a loved one you are not alone. Currently close to 20% (7.7 million) of older Americans receive assistance with their care needs, according to a recent study by Cornell University on Disability Statistics.