What to Expect From
A Caring Heart Senior Solutions
What is the benefit of working with you versus finding care options on my own?
Quite a few people will call in with options they received from a hospital list, or a referral from a friend or fellow church member, etc. It’s always good to check into personal referrals; however many times the care options might not be the best fit due to budget differences or differences in physical or cognitive limitations. We will take the time in our assessment to find out everything about your loved one: from health issues to personality, hobbies and other interests – plus budget range and cities you are open to. We connect you to the choices that are most in line with your loved one’s situation. Each individual’s situation can be quite unique, so their options will be as well.
What type of care options do you typically refer to?
After doing an assessment, we will discuss the varied care options to see which one best matches your loved one’s current needs.
Independent Living Communities are large community settings where the residents usually have their own units but share common areas for activities and meals. Residents are still very active.
Assisted Living Communities are within independent living communities but offer care within the same building for activities of daily living. The residents need to help with care and do not include nurse specific needs (i.e. diabetic injective, IVs, etc.). Many residents will receive help with medications management, assistance with dressing, bathing or toileting or help getting to/from activities or the dining room.
Board and Care Homes are usually 6 bed homes and are licensed by the state. The private homes are very good for someone who prefers a more intimate setting or someone with high physical care needs and also memory loss.
In-Home Care is a good option for the senior(s) who may want to remain in their home but still need non-medical assistance in their home. This typically ranges from light meal preparation, housekeeping, help with bathing, dressing toileting, running errands or companionate care.
Does Medicare or Medi-Cal cover these care options?
Unfortunately, usually not. Medicare and Medi-Cal are typically used in hospitals, skilled nursing facilities and rehabilitation centers for short-term care, needs not longer term care.
How do we pay for care options?
Private pay is required for most care options. Quite a few families look into the VA Aid and Attendance benefit. We will qualify the budget with you to let you know what options will be available. There are a myriad of options at varied price points. Also, long term care policies can be quite helpful for assisted living through skilled nursing.
How are you able to offer your services FREE to families?
We are contracted with licensed local independent, assisted living and memory care communities and residential care homes. If our service is instrumental in introducing a family to them, we have a referral contract in place. This in no way impacts the pricing as most communities and care homes rely heavily on services such as ours to help introduce families to them.
How quickly can I transition my loved one into a care community?
Many families need to do immediate moves from hospitals and skilled nursing facilities. The communities can work in quick timeframes, as they are used to it. We also work with many families in crisis mode and immediate discharges and will guide you along the way.