Nursing home care is an option that many seniors consider at some point in their lives. In fact, statistics suggest that up to two-thirds of older adults will utilize long-term care services. San Francisco residents are fortunate to have several dozen qualified providers to choose from, many who go above and beyond standard care expectations for their residents. Take Vintage Golden Gate as an example. They offer a spectrum of care options ranging from assisted living to in-depth memory care, as well as short-term care services. Of the plethora of options in the area, many have a little something extra to give them character and an ambiance that feels like home.
To explore further details about average monthly fees, included services, and what to look for in a nursing home, continue reading our analysis below.
There are over 30 local skilled nursing facilities in the San Francisco area, the majority of which also provide care to Alzheimer’s and dementia patients.
Nearly 98,000 California seniors resided in nursing homes in 2014.
On average, seniors utilized care at a skilled nursing facility for 3 years.
Instances of seniors staying in long-term care for over 5 years are around 20 percent.
Statistics show that seniors stay, on average, for 3 years in nursing home care situations. Women typically skew a bit higher as they live longer than men, but the actual length of time each senior will need care will vary and depend on medical conditions and daily needs.
Long-term care is traditionally what we think of when we think of nursing home care. These facilities are designed to be full-service care environments where they have around the clock access to nursing staff. Short-term care is also available to individuals who need transitional care such as following a surgery before they return home. Respite care is another form of short-term care that is available to seniors with Alzheimer’s or dementia in the event their caregivers need some time off.
Nursing home residents can expect to have assistance and care available to them at an extremely high level. Delivered by certified nurse assistants (CNA’s), seniors will have help with activities of daily life such as bathing and dressing, as well as assistance with their medical needs like wound care or medication management. CNA’s at nursing homes are all supervised directly by a registered nurse on the property.
Additional medical services may be available to residents on-site like physical, occupational and speech therapy. Seniors with life-ending illnesses and their families may also have access to Hospice for support.
Culinary staff prepare meals daily for residents that are nutritionally balanced and meet any doctor recommendations. Meals are served either in the dining room or private resident rooms, and CNA’s are available to help with eating if necessary.
Entertainment is also provided weekly and can include things like movie nights, book clubs, day trips to local attractions, and pet-therapy programs. Spiritual and religious study groups and worship services may also be available on the property and conducted by an on-site chaplain.
If being pampered appeals to you, look for properties that have their own on-site beauty or nail salons. They offer appointments to residents at a discounted rate.
Genworth found, in their 2015 Cost of Care survey, that seniors in the San Francisco area paid a median monthly cost of $11,026 for semi-private and $14,585 for private care. These figures were significantly higher than the state medians, which came in at $7,450 and $8,669 for the same care types monthly.
Since these figures are the medians, there will be properties in the San Francisco area both above and below these costs. Many different criteria could affect the monthly cost, including the location, amenities, and the type of care you're searching for. Additionally, if you’re receiving Medicaid support, be sure to search for nursing homes who accept Medicaid as a form of payment. These facilities will have pre-approved rates already in place.
There are several important criteria that a facility should meet before you consider them as a care provider. First, ensure that they are licensed, have a good history of inspection reports, and have a limited history of complaints that have all been resolved. Visit the nursing home and take a tour. Take note of the cleanliness, the level and friendliness of staff, and sample a meal to gauge the quality of the food.
Finally, do some online research about the property. The California Department of Aging website has a plethora of resources sorted by county to help you find the information you’re looking for in order to make an informed decision.
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