There are many eldercare options, including different types of assisted living facilities, in-home care giving and skilled nursing facilities. For some older adults, a board and care home might be the best option to consider.
What is Board and Care?
Board and care homes are eldercare facilities that are located in actual private residences. They generally take six or fewer residents, and provide many of the same amenities as an assisted living facility. This will include services such as laundry, housekeeping, help with daily grooming and dressing and all of your meals and snacks. Often you will have a private bedroom although some facilities do have shared rooms.
One reason why people might prefer this option is because it offers more of the true ambiance of a home. If an assisted living facility seems too impersonal and a skilled nursing home too institutional, a residential facility might be a homier, more comfortable option.
Nursing homes and assisted living homes have many residents, and some people simply prefer a smaller setting with fewer people around. With only four or five other residents, this might be something you prefer. With fewer residents, you also tend to enjoy a bit more personal attention from staff members, and there will be someone on site 24-hours-a-day to offer assistance or provide help in case of an emergency. If your loved one needs memory care, there are homes that specialize in helping those with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
Cost is another reason to consider a board and care home. Assisted living facilities can be extremely expensive, and while they do offer more activities and amenities, the cost is often very prohibitive. Board and care homes are not only often less expensive, Supplemental Security Income or SSI often can be used to cover some of the cost of your monthly resident fees.
Why Board and Care? Summary
Fewer Residents Means:
- A more intimate, family setting
- More personal attention from staff
- 24-hr assistance is available
- Lower costs
Board & Cares Offer Similar Amenities Such As:
- Laundry and housekeeping
- Help with daily grooming and dressing
- Meals and snacks
There are hundreds of board and care homes throughout San Diego County and Orange County. Whatever type of senior care you are searching for in Southern California, deciding which home to select can be a daunting task.
At Care Placement, we can provide you with a list of carefully screened homes that meet your needs and fit within your budget. Our services are completely free, so give us a call today and we can help you locate an excellent board and care facility.