Assisted living communities are an excellent option for seniors who may require more day-to-day assistance with activities of daily life (ADLs) but wish to remain as independent for as long as possible.In Los Angeles, assisted living communities come in many different sizes with a wide variety of different amenities and services. What distinguishes a property as an assisted living rather than an independent living or 55+ community is that it is regulated by the State of California and has employee caregivers.
Within the assisted living universe, there are facilities that primarily cater to people that are independent or have minimal needs to those who have severe limitations requiring a high degree of hands-on care services. What binds them all is the basic services provided in an apartment setting. Assisted living communities are like hotels with caregivers on site.
- Up to three meals a day
- Assistance with personal needs such as bathing, dressing, incontinence care, feeding, transferring and ambulation
- Help with medications
- Housekeeping and laundry
- 24-hour on-site care supervision
- Social/recreational activities
Is Medical Care Available at Assisted Livings?
Most of the assisted living communities in Los Angeles have LVN nurses on site during regular business hours. A few, such as the Belmont Senior Living chain provide LVN and RN nurses 24/hours a day. None of them employ doctors but they may have affiliations with visiting doctors and home health agencies.
Assisted living communities are appropriate for those needing custodial care such as help with dressing, bathing,transferring, feeding, walking and medication management. These are services that are performed by caregivers, rather than licensed nurses. If your loved one has a feeding tube, needs a breathing machine, requires injections that cannot be performed by the individual or has an advanced pressure sore, a skilled nursing facility may be more appropriate. Exceptions can be made if the individual is on hospice or attended by a home health agency.
How much does Assisted Living cost?
The cost of assisted living in Los Angeles can range from a low of$3,000 per month to $10,000+ per month depending on location,size of unit and care needs. Assisted living communities like Sunrise Senior Living, Brookdale, Belmont Village and others are like hotels with caregivers on site. There is base rent, which generally can run anywhere from $2,900 to$13,000/month depending on unit size and then there is the cost of care, which varies depending on need. The base rent covers the apartment, utilities,housekeeping, meals, activities, transportation, and 24 hour onsite monitoring, things everyone in the community uses.
Care is a separate charge that varies from resident to resident depending on need. One resident may only require medication management, while another might need full care for things such as incontinence or transferring in and out of a wheelchair.
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