California Elder Care

When looking at elder care for any individual, there are a number of factors which come into play that must be dealt with. These factors include level of assistance needed, level of independence desired, financial ability, and geographic location. Based on where you live, some services may or may not be offered that are available to other individuals in other areas of the country. Let’s take a look at the options in elder care that are available to those residents in the state of California.

Elder care can be divided up into sections. By looking at each section separately, you are better able to find the resources you are looking for for your individual and unique requests. These sections are type of elder care (in-home, assisted living, nursing home, etc), financial means, and resources. Let’s take a look at each of these sections when it comes to the state of California.

Type of Elder Care

The first step in any decision being made for elder care is determining the level of assistance that is required in order for the senior to maintain the lifestyle they desire. California Department of Social Services’ goal is to provide important information regarding elder care and elder care facilities. These services include answering any question pertaining to elder care, along with providing appropriate resources. Along with the California Department of Social Services, the California Department of Aging (CDA) offers programs that serve seniors.

Financial Means

After selecting the best form of elder care, the issue of payment arises. While this is a sensitive subject, it is one that must be addressed and dealt with in order to receive the assistance needed for the senior. California offers many different financial options when it comes to their elder care. These options are made possible by the Older Americans Act (OAA). The OAA established grants to states in order to better implement social services, research, and training in the area of aging. The OAA provides assistance to seniors who may be of lower income and who could not otherwise afford in-home care. One of these available options is the Medi-Cal program. Through Medi-Cal, low income seniors, and families of seniors, are provided with health insurance and in-home care coverage. Medi-Cal is not limited to seniors, but also includes children and disabled individuals.

Resources

There are many websites and phone numbers that the state of California provides in order to offer easy access to resources and information pertaining to elder care.   When seeking California elder care, www.cdss.ca.gov is the homepage for the California Department of Social Services. This webpage offers California specific information and allows you to be further informed on all the government services that are provided to seniors in the state of California.

Because elder care can be and is often times geographically based, it is important for residents of specific areas to know the options they are provided with. It is also, however, important to realize that there are many resources that provide information that is available to everyone. The availability is universal, but the content is geographically based.

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