If your elderly loved one can no longer live independently, but is uncomfortable with or inappropriate for a larger assisted living community, one of the many senior assisted living homes in San Diego may be a better fit.  But how do you find the right one?

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Senior assisted living homes are also called board and care homes or residential care homes.  And we have hundreds of them in San Diego County.

In a senior assisted living home, residents receive the same assistance with day to day activities as in a large assisted living facility.  The main difference is size and ratio of caregiver to senior.

A senior assisted living home is a house in a residential neighborhood.  The care homes are licensed and staffed to provide the care your loved one needs in a comfortable environment that feels like home.

Residential care homes in the state of California are licensed by the Community Care Licensing Division of the Department of Social Services.  And this is the same license all larger care communities have.

Does Your Loved One Need a San Diego Senior Assisted Living Home?

If your elderly loved one has limited mobility, or perhaps more advanced dementia, you may want to visit several San Diego residential care homes to see what they are like.

A board and care home provides the same categories of care as a large assisted living community.  However, because of their small size the care provided can be more personalized.

Is a Senior Assisted Living Home Right for Your Loved One?

A senior care home in San Diego may be appropriate for your loved one if they:

  • Need hands on assistance getting dressed, showering, walking around, or using the toilet
  • Has limited mobility
  • Has moderate dementia

Like all assisted living licensed places, large and small, residential care homes provide non-medical care.  So if your loved one needs continuous medical care such as injections, a nursing home may be needed.  Please feel free to contact me at any time to talk about the differences.

How do you decide if a San Diego senior assisted living home or a larger assisted living community is best for your loved one?

There are distinct advantages to both types of care facility.  So which is most appropriate for your loved one may be determined by environment, level of care, cost and family preference.

For a senior who is looking for activities and a larger community of peers, an assisted living facility may be the best fit.  Board and care homes typically house only six residents.  Larger communities may have hundreds of seniors living in them.  Assisted living facilities also provide each senior with more personal space in their own apartment.
For a senior who needs a smaller environment and more personal attention from staff, a board and care home may be a better option.  And in some cases, for a senior who has a smaller budget for care, a board and care home may be more affordable.  Please feel free to contact me for more on price difference in San Diego County.

board and care home in san diegoWhat Amenities and Care Are Provided in the San Diego residential care homes?

Amenities provided by board and care homes in San Diego include:

  • All meals and snacks
  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry
  • Utilities

*Transportation is typically not included in a small care home.

board and care facilities san diegoCare provided by board and care homes in San Diego includes:

  • Taking medications
  • Escorting and transferring
  • Dressing and undressing
  • Toileting and incontinence
  • Hygiene and bathing
  • Dementia care

Because a board and care residence is a much more intimate setting, it’s important to find the right fit.  The environment, staff, and functioning level of other residents may vary greatly from home to home.

There are hundreds of senior assisted living homes throughout San Diego County.  Choosing the right one can be very confusing and time consuming.

If you’d like to get some assistance, I’ll be happy to help.  For the past 10 years I’ve visit most all the San Diego assisted living care homes and have helped dozens of families place their loved ones in homes across the county.

Please learn more about me here, and about my service here.

Elder Answers is a free service to all families.  You can text or call today at 619-538-9155.  You can also email me directly at lise@elder-answers.com .

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She saved me LITERALLY hours upon hours of time and effort by providing me referrals to senior homes that met my criteria.

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Tom F.
San Diego CA.
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Lisa found my mother in law a palace to live in for her final days. Give us tons of information and basically took us through the whole process all without charging a dime. She seems to know everything about everyone of the homes in this area and answered all of our questions at least twice (sorry about that part Lisa 🙂 Some of them on a Sunday afternoon (sorry about that too Lisa)

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Encinitas, CA
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