The diverse city of Fresno offers more than just film festivals and beautiful weather. The city has an abundance of senior long-term care options. Skilled nursing facilities, also known as nursing homes, can provide both long-term and short-term care when you or a loved one needs it most. For these California residents, Fresno nursing homes are about 15 percent less on average than nursing homes throughout the state.
The California Association of Health Facilities (CAHF) has shared some interesting facts about nursing homes in California:
California is home to more than 1,200 licensed nursing homes.
Of the nursing home population in the state, women make up 60 percent.
Licensed facilities are inspected annually by the Department of Public Health Licensing and Certification Division.
In 2014, the percentage of nursing home residents that remained for more than one year was 6 percent. As many as 83 percent of nursing home residents only stayed up to three months.
About 39 percent of nursing home residents in California are between the ages of 45 and 74. Those residents age 75 or older make up 61 percent.
As many as 66 percent of California’s nursing home residents use Medi-Cal to pay for care.
Nursing home stays can last anywhere from a few weeks to several months to several years. A short-term stay to recover after surgery, hip replacement, or a stroke tends to be less expensive than staying in a hospital for the same amount of time. Skilled nursing facilities can provide occupational, physical, and speech therapy to residents that are overseen by professionals.
Respite care may be available at certain skilled nursing facilities. This type of care allows a caregiver to leave the resident with the staff for a short period of time. Respite care can last for a few days or weeks.
Along with the rehabilitative services mentioned above, licensed skilled nursing facilities offer intensive around-the-clock care by medical staff for those patients needing help with activities for daily living (ADLs). These tasks include dressing, grooming, bathing, toiletry, and eating.
Some facilities, like Golden Living Center Fresno, provide Alzheimer’s care to seniors suffering from the disease or another form of dementia. This type of nursing home dedicates a secure area to Alzheimer’s patients while investing in their staff’s continuing education on medical advances.
Activities are critical in keeping seniors actively engaged and social. Most facilities offer structured programs that include games, activities, events, social events, and entertainment. Some nursing homes feature common indoor and outdoor areas, dining areas, and beauty and barber services.
For residents facing terminal illnesses, most nursing homes have hospice available.
The rates will vary across locations, however the Genworth 2015 Cost of Care Survey for California gives the median rates charged by nursing homes in Fresno and across the state. If you are budgeting, consider a semi-private room in a nursing home. The median rate is $227 per day or $82,673 per year in Fresno compared to the rest of state’s median rate of $245 per day.
If you prefer privacy, a private room runs $243 per day or $88,695 per year on average in the city. Across the state, the same private room is $285 per day on average. The rates in Fresno are projected to grow between 3 and 4 percent in the next five years.
Before committing to one skilled nursing facility for a short-term or long-term stay, it is advisable to make a list of facilities you would like to tour. You can ask friends and family for referrals as well as read online reviews and ratings of facilities in Fresno. In many cases, a resident’s family member has submitted the review.
Facilities that accept Medi-Cal and Medicare follow a list of regulations in order to pass inspection and remain open. Speak with the manager of each facility to make sure they are following these regulations. You may want to discuss the services included in the rate and clarify which services will cost extra.
Consider eating a meal during your tour to see what the food is like and observe the staff and resident interactions. Talk with the residents about their experiences. A nursing home should be a safe, secure, and well-maintained facility with supportive and kind staff.
A nursing home stay in Fresno can be an enjoyable experience if you know what to look for and what to ask.
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