Frequently Asked Questions

What is an Independent Living community?

Independent Living is senior apartment-like housing often with social and recreational services including meal options, activities and some transportation.

 What is an Assisted Living community?

Assisted Living is a residential care option for elders who need assistance with care like bathing, dressing, medication assistance, incontinence care, general support and the need for socialization but do not need skilled nursing care.

What is Memory Care?

Memory Care is a term used to describe programs that focus on caring for people with dementia. The program can be a designated section of a community or it can be a standalone community.

What is Skilled Nursing Care?

Skilled nursing facilities are medical facilities that offer 24 hour nursing for short or long-term stays. Many skilled nursing facilities offer rehabilitation services for people recovering from falls, surgeries or strokes.

What is a CCRC?

A Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) offers a variety of entrance fee options to access independent living and other levels of care. Some CCRCs offer assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing on a campus.

How do I know when it is the right time to start looking?

It is never too early to begin to educate yourself on senior housing options. It is best to make decisions before a crisis occurs. Many people think that moving into a community lifestyle creates dependency. Many people find that the extra support and engagement actually increases independence.

How do I know it’s the right place?

We encourage people to make a list of what is most important in terms of values, care needs and lifestyle. Use this list to help you focus on the priorities. Spend time in the community, talk to residents, staff and family members.

What are typical costs for Assisted Living?

In California monthly assisted living fees vary depending on location, services and amenities. In the San Francisco bay area a typical assisted living community with full services will range from $4,500 – $7,500 for shared, studio or one bedroom accommodations. The level of care charges vary depending on the needs of each resident.

Many long-term care insurance policies offset some of the costs, however, most assisted living expenses are covered by the family of residents, since the majority of elders do not have such long-term coverage. Medicare does not cover assisted living.

What are typical costs for Memory Care?

In California, monthly fees for memory care vary depending on location, services and amenities. In the San Francisco Bay Area a typical memory care community with full services will range from $5,000 – $8,000 for shared or studio accommodations. The level of care charges vary depending on the needs of each resident.

Like assisted living, many long-term care insurance policies offset some of the costs of memory care, however, most expenses are covered by the family of residents, since the majority of elders do not have such long-term coverage. Medicare does not cover memory care.

How are Assisted Living and Memory Care communities licensed?

In California, assisted living and memory care communities are licensed by the Department of Social Services Community Care Licensing under the category of Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly.