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 care homes in San Diego may be just what you need.

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Senior care homes are more commonly known as board and care homes or residential care homes or group homes.

In a board and care home your elder will receive the same assistance with day-to-day activities as provided by a large assisted living facility. The difference is that a board and care home is a house in a residential neighborhood. Senior care homes in San Diego are licensed and staffed to provide the care your senior needs in a comfortable environment that feels like home.

Board and care homes in the state of California are licensed by the Community Care Licensing Division of the Department of Social Services.

Does Your Elder Need a San Diego Board and Care Home?

If your elder loved one can no longer carry out basic tasks like showering, dressing, or using the restroom without help each day, your family may want to visit several San Diego care homes to see what they are like.

A board and care home has the same license, and provides the same level of care, as a large assisted living community, but because of their small size the care can be more hands on.  Board and care homes are particularly beneficial for a senior with dementia and mobility issues.

Is Board and Care Living Right for Your Elder Loved One?

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

  • Need assistance getting dressed, showering, walking around, or using the toilet
  • Need assistance taking their medications
  • Has dementia

If your loved one needs continuous medical attention and care, a nursing home may be needed.  But be sure to talk to a professional before you make this decision. There is a big difference in the feel and setting of a San Diego care home and a skilled nursing facility.

If your elder is still able to live independently but wants and needs the socialization and activity that being part of a senior community provides, an active senior living in a retirement community is probably a better option.

How do you decide if one of the San Diego senior care homes or an assisted living community makes more sense for your loved one?

There are advantages to both types of care facility, so which is appropriate for your elder will 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. Whereas board and care homes typically house only six residents, larger communities may host hundreds. Assisted living facilities also provide each senior with more personal space in the form of a full-size apartment.
For a senior who prefers a smaller, less structured environment, and more personal attention from staff, a board and care home may be a better option. Board and care homes are actual houses, so they offer a cozier, more familiar environment.
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 Are Provided in the San Diego care homes?

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

  • All meals and snacks
  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry
  • Utilities
What Care Does San Diego Board and Care Homes Provide For Your Loved One?

board and care facilities san diegoThe staff at senior care homes in San Diego will help your elder loved one with the following daily tasks:

  • Taking medications
  • Moving around and transferring
  • Getting dressed and undressed
  • Toileting and incontinence
  • Hygiene and bathing
  • Dementia care

Because a board and care residence is a more intimate setting, it’s important to find the right fit in terms of environment, staff, and other residents.

There are hundreds of board and care or residential care homes throughout San Diego County. Elder Answers will meet with you to learn what your loved one is looking for and needs. If you are unsure whether to choose a board and care home or a larger assisted living community, we can help you to decide which would be best. We visit and know all the San Diego care homes and assisted living communities so can help you find the environment, care and lifestyle that your elder needs.

Elder Answers is a free service to all families. Please give us a call today at 619-538-9155.
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I came across Lise after dealing with several other senior consultants, all of whom were either located out of town or not at all in tune with what I was looking for.

Lise was a “breath of fresh air”, taking the time and patience to learn about my parents and their needs.

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)

The place told us they were giving us a discount because they really like her (Lisa that is) which is awesome. Thank you so much for helping my dying relative find such a perfect place to spend what little time she has left.

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Encinitas, CA
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There is no one better than Lise when it comes to placing a loved one. I have not seen anyone work harder and never give up on the more difficult cases. Being in Senior Care myself you learn quickly who you can trust, and I trust Lise more than any other Senior Care adviser out there!

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