Find Senior Care
Finding the right way to provide care for your loved one is easier if you know about the types of care options available in your county and have someone to personally show you where to find the "good" providers. At Pathfinder we offer a free initial consultation to evaluate your loved one's physical care needs, financial resources, and benefit eligibility and then can suggest care arrangements that are right for you. California offers four general types of care facilities for seniors who need to get their care outside of the home:
Skilled Nursing Facilities are appropriate for short-term rehab patients as well as long-term bed care patients that need 24 hour nursing staff. An example would be someone with a serious pressure wound (bed sore) or needs a feeding tube or ventilator. They are also appropriate for bed care patients that have run out of money and need Medi-Cal Benefits to pay for their care. These facilities have more of an institutional feel like a hospital.
Assisted Living communities are great for patients that enjoy socialization opportunities and engaging in organized activities but are no longer safe living independently. They are for patients that currently or will soon need help with either bathing, dressing, toileting, walking, medication reminders, or general supervision. They also have special wings for dementia care patients that need a locked and highly supervised environment.
Board & Care homes are great for patients that need to always be within earshot of a caregiver. An example would be someone who is a high fall risk or "wander" risk. They are well suited for patients who currently need help with bathing, dressing, toileting, walking, medication reminders or supervisions for dementia. For patients who need to always be near a caregiver but still want the socialization and activities of a Assisted living facility, we have a special technique whereby we arrange for the patient to live in a Board & Care but attend an Adult Day Care facility during the day and have Medi-Cal pay for it.
Adult Day Care facilities are great for patients who are living in their home or the home of a family member but need somewhere to go during the day for supervision, socialization or activities. There are two general models: medical model and the social model. The medical model program has intensive nursing and rehabilitative services for patients with multiple chronic conditions that require monitoring. The social model provides opportunities for socialization and recreation with limited health care and rehabilitative services.
Call Pathfinder Senior Care Consulting at 800-640-5626 to help determine which care arrangement is appropriate, where to find a "good one" that fits your budget and for help in applying for benefits to pay for it.