“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”
– African proverb
Other Service Providers
Our goal is to help you make unbiased and informed decisions. Below is a list of helpful sources of information that we’ve gathered as you navigate through this journey:
Alzheimer’s Association – Caregiver Center (http://www.alz.org/care/overview.asp)
Alzheimer’s Orange County ((http://www.alzoc.org)
California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (http://canhr.org/index.html)
California Department of Social Services (http://www.ccld.ca.gov/Default.htm)
Council on Aging |Orange County (http://www.coaoc.org/)
Long-term Care.gov (http://longtermcare.gov/)
Below is a list of commonly used terms when determining care options.
Assisted Living a residential alternative to nursing home care. It is a long-term care option that combines housing, support services and health care, as needed. Assisted living is designed for individuals who require assistance with everyday activities such as meals, medication management or assistance, bathing, dressing and transportation. Some residents may have memory disorders such as Alzheimer’s, or they may need help with mobility, incontinence or other challenges. The size of an assisted living facility can vary, but usually starts at 16, beds with some facilities offering as many as 110 beds.
Residential Care Facility for the Elderly (RCFE) sometimes called “Assisted Living” or “Board and Care.” A housing arrangement chosen voluntarily by the resident, the resident’s guardian, conservator or other responsible person; where 75 percent of the residents are 60 years of age or older, and where varying levels of care and supervision are provided, as agreed to at time of admission, or as determined necessary at subsequent times of reappraisal. The size of an RCFE usually ranges from four to six beds.
Respite care is temporary care which is intended to provide time off for those who care for someone on a regular basis. Respite care is typically 14 to 21 days of care per year and can be provided in a nursing home, adult day service center or at home by a private party.
Nursing Home (also called skilled nursing facility, long-term care facility or custodial care.) Nursing homes provide round-the-clock care and long-term medical treatment. Most nursing homes have services and staff to address issues such as nutrition, care planning, recreation, spirituality and medical care. Different nursing homes have different staff-to-resident ratios. Staff at one nursing home may have more experience or training with dementia than the staff at another. Nursing homes are usually licensed by the state and regulated by the federal government.