Whether you’re at the point where you need an extra pair of hands around the house, or assistance from a caregiver while you’re recovering from an illness, there are dozens of care options for seniors in the Sacramento area. Depending on your needs you can find resources for in-home concierge services, assisted living, skilled nursing facilities, and memory care options to meet a variety of needs. Check out our guide to finding options for seniors in Sacramento.
The cost of senior care in Sacramento is higher than the national average. According to the 2015 Cost of Care Survey from Genworth, the median nursing home rate annually for the nation was $80,300 for a semi-private room and $91,250 for a private. In Sacramento, seniors can expect to pay closer to $94,535 and $150,836 respectively, on average.
Other types of care like home health services and homemaker services are also above the national average, where assisted living is actually less than the median in the country. For assisted living, Sacramento seniors pay $39,000 annually on average, whereas nationally the median is $43,200. In-home services in the Sacramento area tend to be more expensive annually than assisted living options.
As the Baby Boomers retire, the Sacramento area produces more senior living options to meet their expectations. All-inclusive assisted living communities may be the perfect fit, or you may enjoy building a customized care program to allow you to continue living in your home. Let’s explore some of the services available in the area.
A mix of in-home services and community provided options can allow you to live at home safely and receive the care you need. Homemaker services are usually provided through agencies like the national Visiting Angels or local Personalized Homecare Agency. They can assist with things like housekeeping, cooking, grooming or bathing, and basic non-medical personal care.
Home health services are usually administered by a nurse and provide in-home medical care. This can include things like disease care for diabetes, heart disease, and cancer, wound care, medication management, and physical therapy. There are dozens of options to choose from in the area including Sacramento Life Force Home Health Care and Companion Care.
Adult day programs in Sacramento are a great opportunity for socialization and fun activities during the day while caregivers are at work. Contact the California Association for Adult Day Services for options in the area. Some centers may offer specialized programs for seniors with dementia.
Independent concierge services can assist with a variety of tasks in your home. There are dozens available like TaskRabbit, Handy, Porch, Rover, and Amazon Home Services that can help you find experts to do things like home maintenance, walk your dog, and run errands.
Research the company before deciding to hire them for their services. Review their online comments, talk with your friends and family for recommendations, and find out the following:
Are insured and bonded? Are licensed to provide services or care (if required by the state)? Require workers to pass a background check and provide training to new staff? Have a back-up plan in case of an emergency that would prevent your help from making their scheduled appointment time? Provide transportation to and from the Adult Day Center?
There are many community care options available for seniors ranging from independent living to nursing home facilities. Many communities will provide different levels of care options to allow seniors to move through the care continuum as their needs change over time. Here are the most common options.
Independent living gives seniors the freedom of living on their own in a personal apartment in a resort or community setting, but access to resources that will do things like housekeeping and maintenance as part of the annual fees.
Assisted living communities provide private living arrangements as well, but with more hands-on care. Housekeeping and around-the-clock assistance with activities of daily living like grooming or transportation are provided.
Nursing homes are staffed by certified nurses who provide health care services to seniors. This can be long-term care to manage chronic conditions or short-term care following a hospitalization.
Dementia care is offered at nursing home facilities by trained and certified staff to keep seniors engaged and calm while preventing any wandering from the facility.
Is a continuum of care offered and how does it work?
What is included in the monthly charges? Things like laundry, meals, and more might be part of the package.
Are there extra options to purchase monthly? Some properties have services like beauty salons, barber shops or massage therapists available for an additional fee.
Are you allowed to use independent concierge services while in residence? Most facilities won’t allow it, but in some cases, you can utilize an outside agency to do things like deliver groceries or walk your dog while living in a community.
There are a number of options to help pay for senior care. Social security benefits and retirement savings are common funding sources. Medicaid can provide assistance to low-income seniors with limited assets, and veterans who served during an active wartime could qualify for assistance from the VA Aid & Attendance pension. Their widows may also qualify. Senior homeowners can explore using their equity through a reverse mortgage to pay for care if the liabilities and risks of the loan are a good fit for you.
There are no shortage of things to do for seniors in Sacramento. The area boasts delicious cuisine, museums, arts, concerts and festivals year-round. Gold Rush Days over Labor Day weekend and the California Capital Airshow are two can’t-miss events during the year. Seniors looking to get more involved can reach out to the RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) through Sacramento county to find the perfect fit.
With any luck, this Sacramento senior care summary gave you a few great tips and ideas. If we’ve sparked your interest, be sure to check out our guides on assisted living, support for veterans, respite care, neighborhoods, and more on the website.
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