Senior Living
Senior Communities:

Many communities have neighborhoods especially dedicated to adults 55 and over.
Some communities have a beginning age of 62.
These communities sometimes have HUD programs.  Many do not.  They are living communities that
rent to senior citizens and charge the customary rates as any other community with the customary
and usual rates in the community.
There are also senior housing projects that have private homes, townhouses, condos and       
apartment rentals within the community.
There are also communities that private homes, townhouses, condos and apartment rentals.  In
addition they have assisted living communities and/or nursing homes right within the community itself.
Many of these communities are gated and have 24 hour surveillance!  
Home Health Care:

As defined:  Home Health is an insurance benefit that covers skilled care for seriously ill,
homebound patients. A physician order is required for patients who need intermittent skilled
nursing services in their home. Services may include catheter or feeding tube care, wound
care, intravenous fluids or antibiotics.

What does the mean for you?

Home Health can be used is several different ways.

Most of us think Home Health Care is an extension of medical care in the home and utilized when a
person leaves a hospital or skilled nursing facility after rehabilitation.

he Elder Care Team has always worked with our clients on the premise that one should stay at
home as long as possible.  This is where Home Health has been our most valuable tool.
Many do not realize that people who are homebound (can't get around on their own) are eligible for
Home Health Care too.

Instead of having a person needing nursing or rehabilitative therapies be admitted to a  
hospital or rehabilitation center, Home Health Care can be arranged to receive the care they   
need through Home Health Care.  Of course, there are those who required inpatient treatment  

Beginning 2013 our medical communities are going to held responsible more and more for  
Accountable Care.  What does this mean to you?  

Medical Care will be monitored, especially by Medicare, to address the subject we have been chatting
about here.  The questions will be:  'Is this person able to receive care in the home or a lower level of
care.  AHA - Home Health Care comes in to play more and more!  
Medical Care Providers will be held accountable if they discharge patients to soon and return to the
hospital or skilled nursing facility for the same diagnosis.  

The Elder Care Team has practiced accountable care for quite a long time.  Our clients have
successfully been kept from hospital and other inpatient care facilities for as long as 2 years.  

Please note that Home Health Care can be received in other places than home.  Home Health Care
can be received at a LIfe Care Community such as an assisted living or board & care as well.

For more information and to learn if Home Health Care is an appropriate service for you please
The Elder Care Team for an assessment.
Low Income Senior Housing:
There are low income housing communities for Seniors.
If you would like a copy of the low income housing communities in your county please      
contact your County Council On Aging Information.
You can find the links on our Community Resource Page.
In-Home Care/Home Care

In-Home Care/Home Care provides services in every aspect to run a home and care for a          
person who has limitations in all areas or some.  Most think In-Home Care is for seniors only
however, In-Home Care is available for anyone experiencing challenges.  In-Home Care can   
be temporary or long term.  You can have In-Home Care for a few hours a day and a few days
per week.  You can also have 24 hour care 7 days a week.

In-Home Care gives a dependent person the ability to stay at home with friends and family.

The Elder Care team work with you in providing a customised In-Home Care Program that suites
your individual needs.     

Companion Care                                                  Regular Visits, Conversation, and Company

Medication Reminders                                          Meal Preparation

Light Housekeeping                                              Laundry Services
Shopping, Errands, and Transportation                Recreational Activities

Live-In Services                                                    24-Hour Care

Family Respite Care                                             Bathing and Hygiene

Walking and Mobility Assistance                          Transfer and Posture Positioning

Continence and Toileting Care                            Special Diets and Meal Preparation

Eating Assistance                                                 Oral Hygiene
Assisted Living Communities

Assisted Living Communities can be a wonderful experience!  Many describe them as living on a
cruise ship all year round!

The term Assisted Living is used for large Life Care Communities.

Living within an Assisted Living Community can be a wonderful experience.
The first thing Elders think about when considering an Assisted Living is that all their independence
will be taken away.  These myths are quickly dissolved when they learn that are still in charge.  They:

  • Live in their own apartment and only those with their permission are allowed to enter.
  • Drive (unless under a doctor’s order not to do so) and come and go as they please.
  • Choose to have gourmet meals in the main dining room or delivered to enjoy in the privacy of
    their home apartment.
  • Enjoy housekeeping services, specialized activity programs and many other amenities.

Assisted Living Communities usually charge one price for the living quarters plus extra for any
personal assistance they may provide such as bathing assistance, medication management and
other assistance for the clients activities of daily living they require.  

Assisted Living is not covered by your medical insurance.  Long Term Care Insurance may help pay
for some of it.  Otherwise, the client pays for Assisted Living out of their own funds.

Your medical insurance works as if you are living at home because the Assisted Living Community
becomes your place of residence and becomes your home.  

Long Term Care Insurance can help to pay for the Assisted Living Community.

Please contact The Elder Care Team if you would like more information about Assisted Living
Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly
Assisted Living Communities and Board and Cares are both
Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly and must follow the same
Board & Care Homes

Board and Care Homes are called just that because it is usually a home that has been converted in
order to provide quality hands on care for more frails Elderly.

They charge a flat fee for services.  They may charge for some care materials so make sure you

Board and Care Homes have staff available 24 hours per day. However, it is preferred that clients
be able to sleep through the night.  You may be asked to pay a bit extra if your love done requires
an awake up at night caregiver.

Many Board and Care Homes are owned and operated by licensed clinical professionals - Nurses,
Physical Therapists - Physicians.  Other homes are operated by caregivers and dedicated
individuals.  Therefore, you should have clear understanding of your loved ones medical and
personal needs in order to choose an appropriate Board and Care Home

The Elder Care Team can assist you in finding the right Care Home for you.

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Where to Go and What to Do for Elder Care's
Philosophy is to help people live at home as long as possible.
However, there are instances where a Care Facility is needed.
We can assist you in finding a quality care facility
and implementing Life Care Planning.
For a good understanding of Long Term Care Issues and Planning Check Lists please visit the:

California Association for Nursing Home Reform (CANHR)