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Packing and Moving
There are packing and moving companies that specialize in helping people transition to Assisted Living Communities. They can create a well-organized plan to make your physical move as easy and stress-free as possible. Services include: Downsizing, packing, moving, shipping, storing, staging, and interior design.
Non-Emergency Medical Transportation
Non-Emergency Medical Transportation provides a safe, convenient, and comfortable way to travel for people with limited mobility. They have fully licensed and insured drivers and vehicles which can be scheduled to go both short or long distances and include wheelchair lift vans and gurney transfers.
Home Health Care
Home Health Care Providers offer a wide range of health and medical services that are typically 100% paid for by Medicare or Private Insurance. Their services can be given virtually anywhere (private residence, nursing or medical facility, Assisted Living) and include skilled nursing care, diabetic management, IV therapy, wound care, coordination of medical equipment, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and nutritional guidance.
Respite care or short-term/ temporary care refers to both Home Care and Assisted Living (AL) Communities. When referring to Home Care, respite care is something that should generally be incorporated into every caregiver system. This gives loved-ones or the caregivers a much needed break so they can focus on themselves and recharge or rejuvenate. It’s an active approach so they can make certain to consistently maintain the highest quality of care for their client(s) and be sure to avoid “caregiver burnout”. At AL Communities respite care can also be called a short-term stay. This is a great option to consider for a loved-one who has any level of memory impairment or who needs to recuperate after a hospital or skilled nursing facility stay. You will be treated just like all of the full-time residents and receive 24/7 care and supervision. They can help with your activities of daily living (adl’s) such as medication management and assist with mobility, dressing, bathing, and any other personal care needs.
Hospice or Palliative Care
Hospice or Palliative Care Providers generally treat those who are not seeking intense rehabilitation but rather, comfort care and pain control. Like Home Health Care Providers their services can be basically given anywhere and typically it’s 100% paid for by Medicare or Private Insurance. They treat a person’s medical, physical, emotional, and spiritual needs by providing: 24-hour skilled nursing care with an attending physician and Registered Nurse, pain management, social work or counseling services, chaplain, and trained volunteers.
Mobile doctors and nurses
Mobile doctors and nurses are licensed medical professionals who can travel to you and provide their services in the comfort of your own home or Assisted Living Community. Such physician’s include General Practitioners, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Podiatrists, and nurses include Licensed Vocational Nurses, Registered Nurses, and Nurse Practitioners.
Medical Equipment (dme)
Medical Equipment Providers sell and rent: mobility aides, walkers, rollators, manual wheelchairs, shower wheelchairs, power or electric wheelchairs, scooters, shower chairs, transfer benches, patient or Hoyer lifts, hospital beds, bed-side tables or trays, commodes, incontinence supplies, oxygen concentrators, hearing aids, and more.
Home Modifications are typically needed if you or your loved one are going to stay home and need to make your private residence safer and more accessible. These include: wheelchair ramps, grab bars, hand railings, walk-in or barrier free showers, stair lifts, home elevators, vertical platform lifts.
Active Adult (55+) Communities
Active Adult Communities, sometimes referred to as senior apartments, are different types of communities that are available to individuals who are at least 55 years of age. However, some of these communities may only require that about 80% of their residents to be aged 55 and up. They not only offer apartment-style residences but also single-family homes, townhomes, and condos that you may rent or own. They are a great option for those who would like to live independently, stay active, participate in classes, activities, and events, or take advantage of clubs and recreational opportunities. Though, 55+ Communities do not offer any on-site medical or assisted care, nor do they provide meals, housekeeping/ laundry, or transportation services.
Elder Law Attorneys
Elder Law Attorneys deal with legal matters such as estate planning, will and trust planning, powers of attorney, advance directives, lifetime planning, and family issues.
Skilled Nursing Facility (nursing home)
Or nursing homes provide medical care such as IV therapy, wound care, and intense rehabilitation services such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy. Many times, they are a good temporary option to consider for people who have just been hospitalized and need a place to recover.
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Form 602A- PHYSICIAN’S REPORT FOR RESIDENTIAL CARE FACILITIES FOR THE ELDERLY (RCFE). Is a mandatory document that your PCP or General Practitioner will need to completely fill out and sign before you move-in to an Assisted Living Community in California (Unless you are currently in a hospital or skilled nursing facility you will typically need to make an appointment with your doctor and bring this form with you). https://www.cdss.ca.gov/cdssweb/entres/forms/english/lic602a.pdf