Seniors looking to retire in sunny California are met with a wide array of senior living options. You will find more than 513 senior care facilities in and near the Riverside community. If you need someone to help with household chores or are in need of intensive around-the-clock care, Riverside has you covered.
Using the 2015 Genworth Cost of Care Survey for California, we can say Riverside is slightly more for in-home and community services than the national average. Homemaker services and home health aides average $21 per hour in the Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario area compared to the national average of $20.
If more care is required than just a few hours in a week or a day, an adult day center in the area runs about $76 per day. An assisted living facility offers help combined with independent living with the median rate of $3,085 per month for a one bedroom, single occupancy apartment. This rate is much lower than the national median rate of $3,600 per month.
Nursing home care is an investment at the U.S. median rate of $220 per day for a semi-private room and $250 per day for a private room. In the Riverside area, you can get a semi-private room for $235 or a private room for $285 per day. The rates are projected to increase by 5 to 7 percent in the next five years.
The going rates vary between locations and with individual facilities. Home health aides and companies offering homemaker services may charge a minimum for a set amount of hours.
Senior living options are as diverse as the community and offer varying degrees of help.
Health Aides and Homemaker Services- If you are content living at home and only need someone to help with daily chores like laundry, housework, grocery shopping, and other errands, then in-home care like a health aide or homemaker service may be the better option for you. California is one of only a few states that offer the most in-home care agencies so seniors can remain in their homes longer.
Home health aides can also provide help with medication management, bathing, dressing, and cooking. Home care companies are usually private pay with certified aides costing more than unlicensed ones. Medicare may cover home health care services. Research and compare fully accredited companies like Independence Assistance and Joy Health Care Service before hiring.
Assisted Living Facilities- The most assisted living facilities are located in California, Texas, and Florida. With so many options available, you can find a location that fits your personality and lifestyle. The facilities offer independent living in a community along with help like laundry and housekeeping. The facilities are diverse and can be found in modern apartment buildings, sprawling townhouses, or hotel-like buildings. Monthly rates may include meals, dining and other activities. Check with the facility about what services incur extra fees. Research and compare facilities to find high-quality options like ones rated the 2016 Best of Assisted Living Award by SeniorAdvisor.com such as the Raincross with its resort-style lifestyle, including a beauty salon.
Nursing Home Care- Skilled nursing facilities now offer rehabilitative therapies like occupational, physical, and speech, as well as daily activities to keep seniors engaged for as long as possible when they need intensive 24 hour care. California in one out of three states that offer the most nursing home options. Care can be short-term or long-term, although some insurance will not cover long-term care.
Hospice is available at some nursing homes like LifeHOUSE Riverside Healthcare Center for conditions requiring end-of-life care.
Alzheimer’s and Other Dementia Care- Alzheimer’s disease requires care and security to ease peace of mind for you or your loved one. Dementia care should be supervised. Many facilities offer continuum care so the resident can move seamlessly from assisted living during the early stages to supervised skilled nursing care during the latter stages.
Tour facilities and speak with the staff of top-rated communities like those found at Raincross of Riverside and Pacifica Senior Living Riverside Legacies Memory Care.
Research options for funding and consult an elder-law attorney before making financial decisions to pay for senior care. Social security benefits, retirement benefits, and long-term care policies can help. Short-term care may be covered by Medicare. California’s Medicaid program can provide assistance to those seniors that qualify. Veterans may be eligible for the VA Aid and Attendance pension to help offset senior living costs.
Riverside residents have a wide range of options for care. Research all the different forms to find the best senior care for you or your loved one.
Find assisted living in Riverside near you.