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COSTS OF RESIDENTIAL CARE AND ACCOMMODATION

There are two types of rooms to consider, private or semi-private (shared). See typical charges below:

Private rooms $3,500 - $4,500 per month on average
Semi-private rooms $2,200 - $3,200 per month on average
Dementia Care
(usually in a shared room)
$4,500 - $6,500 per month on average

Keep in mind that a Skilled Nursing Facilities generally cost $7,000- $10,000 per month on average for a shared room. While the cost of residential care may appear high, if you compare it with skilled care it is much more affordable.

Residential care settings are non-medical and provide:

  • Three meals a day
  • Weekly housekeeping
  • Personal laundry and linen services
  • Daily social and recreational programs
  • 24 hour staffing to meet emergency needs
  • Basic utilities may include electric, water, trash and cable television
  • Scheduled transportation to medical appointments, shopping or social outings*
  • Personal care*(assistance with bathing, dressing, toileting/incontinence management, escort to meals)
  • Medication management*
* Some facilities charge extra for these benefits

Care Quest works only with facilities that are licensed by the State of California. The Ombudsman Services of Contra Costa and Alameda Counties keep records of licensing citations and deficiencies issued by the licensing agencies for all assisted care facilities. In Concord, they can be reached at 925-685-2070, and in Alameda, 510-638-687. Naturally, Care Quest keeps current with these findings and uses the information when making referrals. It is Care Quest's business to help you find the appropriate level and place for your loved one in need, or to help you plan for your own future.

Residential Care Facilities are all private pay. They do not accept Medicare, Medi-Cal or other insurance policies unless the insurance is a private long-term care policy. Contact your provider to ascertain your individual benefit. Some facilities have several "low income" rooms. However they can be hard to come by and not as "low income" as you might think.

If someone cannot afford assisted care, they should contact an Elder Attorney to find out about other options. Individuals on Medi-Cal may qualify to reside in a Medi-Cal certified Skilled Nursing Facility.

 


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