Long-term care planning may be a topic you haven’t given much thought to, however, knowing your options while living in Riverside can help relieve any worry or stress for you or a loved one. Moving into a nursing home, also known as a skilled nursing facility, can be scary if you are not sure of what to expect. You will want to know how Riverside nursing homes measure up to other California facilities and throughout the country.
There are about 1,250 skilled nursing homes in the state.
There are around 350,000 California residents that stay in a nursing home per year.
Women comprise of 60 percent of the nursing home population in the state.
California nursing home occupancy rates are as much as 88 percent.
Approximately 61 percent of nursing home residents in the state are seniors age 75 and older.
A nursing home stay does not necessarily mean long-term. Seniors can stay in a nursing home while:
Recovering from a surgery or hip replacement Recovering from a stroke and need intensive rehabilitation In cancer treatment Requiring wound care Caregivers need respite care
This type of short-term care, known as subacute care, costs less than a hospital stay. The patients may leave as soon as they are healed and ready to resume care on their own.
Respite care is different from subacute care. When a caregiver needs to take time off, the loved one can stay at a nursing home and be cared for by staff. If this is your situation, consider respite care as an introduction to a nursing home. This can give you an idea of the type of facility your loved one may transition to in the future.
Long-term care in a nursing home can last from several months to a few years. Your loved one may need help in varying degrees with activities for daily living (ADLs). These ADLs can include dressing, bathing, toileting, eating, and mobility.
Unlike assisted living facilities and adult day programs, nursing homes offer intensive around-the-clock medical care, if needed. Alzheimer’s disease patients and those suffering from other forms of dementia can receive hands-on care in a safe and secure environment.
Medication management and rehabilitative services are standard. Physical, occupational, and speech therapy are offered to those patients recovering from a stroke or losing mobility. Skilled nursing facilities, like Chapman Restorative Care, have hospice available to those residents facing terminal illnesses.
Facilities, like LifeHOUSE Riverside Healthcare Center, provide an array of activities and games to keep the residents engaged. At nursing homes like this, you can find activities onsite, indoor common areas, and beauty and barber services available onsite.
Other facilities provide a place for devotional services and a dining area you can use when you do not want to eat in your room.
The great news is that the cost of care in Riverside is comparable to the rest of the state. A private room in a nursing home in Riverside averages $285 per day or $104,025 per year. These are the same amounts on average for the whole state of California, according to the Genworth 2015 Cost of Care Survey for California.
A semi-private room is even cheaper at $235 per day in the Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ontario areas. This daily median rate is less than the California average of $245 per day. The rates are projected to grow between 5 and 7 percent by the year 2020. The U.S. median daily rates for a private room are $250 and $220 for a semi-private room, but without the advantage of being nestled between the San Bernardino Mountains and the Santa Ana Mountains.
Local nursing homes will vary in cost depending on the services provided. Make an appointment to request a tour and discuss services provided and costs included, plus any extra fees for specific services, such as beauty or barber services.
During the tour, make it a point to speak to staff and residents to get an honest feel about the facility. Each facility should be licensed with certified staff on hand. Facilities accepting Medicare and Medicaid must follow certain strict regulations while providing care.
Don’t forget to ask your family and friends for referrals to well-kept and affordable skilled nursing facilities. You can also check out online reviews about each facility. These are usually written by family members of residents and provide an inside look.
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