Board And Care Homes which usually have up to 3 to 8 beds are non–medical facilities that provide services to persons 60 years of age and over and persons under 60 with compatible needs that include room, meals, housekeeping, supervision, storage and distribution of medication, and personal care assistance with basic activities like hygiene, dressing, eating, bathing and transferring.
Residents may have their own room, but may also share a room. The residents often have to share a bathroom. These homes tend to be quiet, more homelike and are usually located in suburban neighborhoods. This level of care and supervision is for people who are unable to live by themselves but who do not need 24 hour nursing care. They are considered non-medical facilities and are not required to have nurses, certified nursing assistants or doctors on staff.
Board and care homes are required to be licensed in most states, and First Step Senior Care refers only to licensed providers. In California, for example, board and care homes are licensed by the Community Care Licensing Division California Department of Social Services. The cost depends on a variety of factors such as the type of accommodations (e.g., apartment, private room, shared room), the range of services needed, and the geographic area.
The median monthly cost in California is $3,750, with costs ranging from a low of around $1,000 a month for a resident on Supplemental Security Income (SSI) to a high of $9,000 a month. Specialized services like dementia or hospice care are more costly.
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