Elder Care San Diego

There are many great choices for elder care in San Diego, as this city has grown to become one of the major innovators of information, access and quality of elder care.  But taking a step back for a moment, we would like to stress that many people think ‘aging’ is just a disease to overcome, but aging is simply a normal part of living.  Declines in an elder’s physical and mental functioning presents challenges, but chronic illness, family fights and the amazing amount of work involved in providing elder care makes a difficult situation even tougher.  That being said, be prepared for the challenges ahead.

There are different types of elder care that you can choose from in the San Diego area.  These types of care are very common across the US, though this area has the benefit of a refined city combined with years of social devotion to making elder care a priority in the area.   As an initial ‘primer’ these are the types of elder care you should know about:

Home Care, or Homecare, or a Home Companion Helper – these services are usually provided for by a Home Health Agency (HHA).  The paid home companion care takes place in an elderly person’s home, and often includes light housework, companionship, running errands like grocery shopping, and even some meal preparation.

Home Nursing Care, Homecare Nursing – again, these paid-for services are most likely performed by engaging a Home Health Agency (HHA), to provide nursing care services in an elderly person’s home, but at a medical level less intensive than services provided in a Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF).  Often the person providing the nursing homecare is a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) or a Certified Home Health Aide (CHHA).  Additionally, many can also provide helper or companion services along with drug scheduling, bathing, emergency help if CPR trained, & more.

Adult Day Care or Senior Care Centers – These provide geriatric day services for the elderly that takes place out of the person’s home, and includes social, nutrition, nursing & some rehabilitation.  Keep in mind that this type of care requires transportation to and from the person’s primary residence, and often has specific hours of opening and closing, similar to child day care.

Senior Living or Retirement Homes & Communities – these living arrangements provide independent living for seniors in good health who want independence and companionship, with amenities such as meals, transportation, and social activities usually included in a monthly fee.  This elder care arrangement is typical for people who are physically and mentally fit.

Assisted Living – each facility provides a combination of housing, personalized supportive services & health care designed for those needing help with the activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, medication dispensing and incontinence care.  Some also have Alzheimers or Dementia care sections.

Nursing Homes – Some elderly seniors go to nursing homes for a very short time to recuperate after a hospital stay.  For those who then become permanent nursing home residents, the elder care they receive will most likely be in the last place they live in.  Usually, residents don’t love the lifestyle of a nursing home, they live there because their medical conditions are such that they need to have skilled nursing care and supervision on a 24/7 basis.

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One Comment

  1. Posted November 21, 2011 at 9:31 pm | Permalink

    Great Info! I’m glad that you’re sharing this one because this is one of the best ways to reach out ant tell everyone the kind of service that you’ve been offering over the past and up to present.

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