Next to buying your first home, nothing will affect your finances as impressively as moving into a nursing care facility. While there is no such thing as a “cheap” nursing care facility, Irvine nursing home costs can be stratospheric compared to the U.S. median cost of nursing home care.
It is no exaggeration that the cost of a room in an Irvine nursing facility is equivalent to the mortgage for a small California mansion in an exclusive neighborhood. Given the expense, it’s critical to understand the basics of nursing home care:
How much is the average cost of skilled nursing care in Irvine, California?
What services are commonly offered in nursing facilities?
What amenities can you expect to find in different nursing homes?
What ways are there to make your stay in a nursing home more affordable?
Continue reading to find some answers to these questions and learn about what you should look for in a nursing home facility as well as what questions you should ask the facilities' management before deciding where you’ll settle.
The average monthly cost of a private nursing home room in Irvine is a not entirely affordable at $12,471 per month on average while a semi-private room will “only” set you back about $7,734.
Close to 10% of seniors age 85 and over reside in a nursing home, and women constitute close to two-thirds of nursing home residents.
Approximately 1.4 million seniors live in a nursing home facility as of 2014.
Nearly 3% of the population 65 and over live in a nursing home facility.
The median cost of care in the U.S. is about $7,500 per month for a private nursing home room; the cost in Irvine is an almost inconceivable $12,471 per month.
The Genworth’s Cost of Care Survey shows that there is a large difference between the costs of a private room versus a semi-private arrangement; a semi-private room in an Irvine nursing home is a comparatively affordable $7,734 per month.
Keep in mind that these are median costs; half of the nursing homes in Irvine will charge more, and half of them will charge less. The actual rent you’ll pay to stay in a nursing facility will depend on a variety of factors:
The size of the room that you’ll occupy.
The location of the nursing home.
What amenities that the nursing facility offers beyond the most essential services.
How luxurious the facility is such as landscaping, expensive furnishings, and the level of cuisine in the dining room, etc.
As expensive as California nursing homes can be, there are many trade-offs you can make to find the most affordable home to settle in.
As stated earlier, there is a range of services that all nursing homes have in common and that you can expect wherever you go.
There will be geriatric trained, registered nurses on staff that will be responsible for:
Changing wound dressings and practicing infection control.
Keeping every resident on their medication schedule and assisting seniors to take them.
Bedsore prevention by moving bedridden seniors regularly, and care of existing bed sores to prevent infection and encourage healing.
Taking and recording vital signs such as blood pressure, temperature, blood sugar levels, and weight.
Making sure doctor’s instructions are carried out and helping seniors to use mobility devices like wheelchairs or walkers.
Meals will be provided in every nursing home, though the menu and quality will vary from one facility to another. Seniors with special nutritional requirements like diabetes or cardiac patients will be accommodated in every nursing home.
Frequently, there will be specialty care provided to residents suffering from memory diseases, Parkinson’s disease or other neurological disorders.
Every nursing home in Irvine will be different in its own unique way and offer special “extras” that seniors will find especially attractive.
You’ll find nursing homes that offer on-site shopping, beauty parlors, barber shops, and even small cafes. Frequently the facility will offer a range of interesting activities that residents will enjoy art classes, entertainment, excursions, and fun day trips.
The facility can have certain amenities built in, like Olympic pools, on-site movie theaters or well-equipped game rooms. You can also find places that have beautiful gardens and wonderful landscaping to create a restful and attractive outdoor space.
The first thing you should do is visit the AARP website and print out the list of questions you’ll find there. It’s a pretty thorough collection of things to look for and ask about when you visit a prospective nursing facility.
Beyond that, there are some common sense things to ask and look out for when you get there:
Is there convenient and accessible parking for visitors?
Examine how clean and well-maintained the facility and rooms are
Speak to residents and ask them what their experiences have been
Eat a meal or two there and get an idea of the quality and selection
Ask about the facilities' security measures and safeguards
Finally, get to know the people there; you’ll be living with them after all. Make sure the nursing home culture is agreeable to you and that it’s a good fit for you.
U.S. veterans can use VA benefits to cover much of the expense of nursing home care. Vets should contact the VA and make sure that they’re eligible for aid. Low-income seniors can rely on Medicaid to ensure that the y receive the care that they need.
Seniors who have thought ahead will be able to rely on long-term care insurance to take care of the expense of an Irvine nursing home. Just make sure that you’re familiar with the provisions of your policy and have kept up your premium payments.
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