Riverside is known as the City of Arts and Innovation. The residents of this Southern California city in Riverside County can look forward to retiring to some of the best high quality nursing homes in the country at a competitive rate.
There are over 1200 nursing homes in the state.
83 percent of nursing home residents were discharged in as little as three months or less.
Six percent of nursing home residents stay in nursing home care for more than one year.
Sixty percent of nursing home residents are women.
Nursing home daily rates vary according to location within the city, however, these rates run slightly higher than the national average. A semi-private room in a nursing home in the Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario area averages $235 per day. The same room is nationally $220 per day per the 2015 Genworth Cost of Care Survey of California. This equals out to the Riverside nursing homes costing about $6000 more per year than the national median rate.
Private rooms run slightly more on average. The national median rate is $250 per day while the rate for the Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario area is $285 per day. This rate increase means the patient will need to pay about $13,000 more per year than the national average.
Daily rates will vary depending on location and services included in a nursing home. Local Riverside nursing homes offer several services to help with around-the-clock care for your loved one.
Most nursing homes offer long-term care. You may want to confirm with the staff that hospice is available for terminal illnesses like the program offered at Chapman Restorative Care. Some nursing homes like Cypress Gardens Hospital cater to female residents only. If you need specialized therapy such as physical, occupational, or speech, consider facilities like the LifeHOUSE Riverside Healthcare Center. A few of the higher end nursing homes offer southern California style beauty and barber salons. Certain regulations must be met by the nursing home in order to function and provide the necessary care for their residents.
Nursing homes must have sufficient staff and develop a care plan for each resident.
They must conduct an assessment of the resident in regards to functional capacity.
The caring staff must prevent the deterioration of your loved ones ability to do basic activities like bathing and dressing.
The staff must provide help for daily living activities, if needed.
The nursing home must make sure your loved one receives proper treatment to maintain their vision and hearing.
The staff should do everything in their power to keep your loved one from developing pressure sores, also known as bedsores. If the resident does develop these sores, the nursing home must provide adequate treatment.
For those patients with incontinence issues, the staff must provide appropriate treatment and services to help maintain normal bladder functioning.
The staff must ensure that your loved one receives adequate supervision and medical devices like a walker or a wheelchair to prevent any accidents. The nursing home agrees to provide your loved one with good nutrition and sufficient fluid and medication management. Other regulations must be followed to maintain the resident’s quality of life and dignity.
Those nursing homes receiving Medicare or Medicaid funds must follow these federal nursing home regulations. The Inland Empire area which includes Riverside, San Bernardino, Corona, and Ontario is the home to 104 nursing homes. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services rated 20 of these homes as five star facilities. Research and compare nursing homes in the Riverside area to make sure they are following these regulations.
Medicare will cover skilled nursing care in a nursing home as long as it is considered a skilled nursing facility. California’s Medi-Cal serves as the most common source of funding for residents needing long-term care in a nursing home. Medi-Cal pays for about 65 percent of all nursing home residents currently. The state Medicaid program covers about 25 percent of California’s population. With so many nursing homes accepting both Medicare and Medicaid like the Grand Terrace Care Center and the Mission Care Center, finding one that fits your personality and needs shouldn’t be a challenge.
Other options you should consider for funding nursing home care include the VA Aid and Attendance for veterans and their spouses, selling real estate and other assets, a reverse mortgage, and cashing out a life insurance policy. You should seek financial help from an advisor before making plans. Make it a point to visit several Riverside nursing homes and speak to the staff and residents before choosing one.
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