Welcome to Shop Senior Homes!
The aging process can be daunting and challenging to navigate. While health care systems and insurance policies continue to evolve, plans for continuing aging Americans' care are affected. The days when patients would stay long-term at the hospital or a skilled nursing facility until completely rehabilitated have passed, leaving many wondering where to look for assistance once they need help with activities of daily living. Shop Senior Homes was created to educate medical professionals and the public about available senior housing options.
Shop Senior Homes is a collective of senior placement specialists who have navigated assisted living care communities for over 30 years. They’ve experienced it all, from holding scared patients' hands in the hospital to helping families that need to find a place for their parents within hours because they’re concerned about their safety and returning home alone is no longer an issue. Our team is here to assist you and your loved ones find communities without being inundated with sales calls.
Shop Senior Homes strives to be the leader in offering the most options for assisted living communities, memory care facilities, and board and care homes best suited for your needs, wants, budget, and location preferences. All resources are offered without being subjected to hard sales.
Shop Senior Homes has created a robust database of senior assisted living options overseen by care managers linking you direct access to the most relevant information.
Shop Senior Homes is a FREE service for you!
We are compensated by the community or service that you ultimately choose.
How to use the site:
We’ve broken the process down, step-by-step – giving you a detailed overview to help you navigate the site. Our team is always available to offer support at any step of the way.
* All rates shown are the most affordable, basic rates, based upon the historical average for a shared room (two people in a room). These prices are subject to change based on the RCFE form (Doctor’s care directives) and an assessment. Additional costs may be a factor, so completing the 'Help Me' section will lead you to better option for you!
If you’re unsure where to start, take a moment to fill out the ‘Help Me’ questionnaire. The team at SSH will assist you every step of the way.
Changes in health during the aging process can be extremely emotionally taxing. We’re here to ease your burden and assist you with the process.
We can help you:
- Identifying the best options for you and your loved ones
- Decrease sales calls
- Assist with setting up tours
- Help obtain state-required medical documents
- Understand COVID-19 safety protocols
- Plan virtual tours and meetings
- Help negotiate rates
All these services are FREE to you!
We are compensated by the community or service that you choose.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
I don’t know where to start.
That’s okay. Most people are in your shoes.Let's start with an overview of Senior Housing Options. (Rates are based on SF Bay Area) RCFE are Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly - licensed by the State Assisted Living (AL) are larger communities with more bells and whistles, equipped with private studios and bathrooms. They offer a more extensive menu and more activities. Typically these communities have 75+ residents. Some have a memory care wing with secured perimeters and slow egress doors, additional staff, and 24/7 awake staff. Most have a community fee - a 1x move-in fee (average: $3,500 up to one month's rent) Monthly rate: $5,500+ plus level of care ($1,500-6,000+/ month) Memory Care (MC) - A community committed to working with residents with varying levels of confusion, dementia, and Alzheimer's. The staff is trained to work with high acuity residents and keep them safe and engaged with their abilities. Board and care (BC) - Single-family homes converted to care facilities, most have 6-11 residents and have a quieter and more intimate environment. Hospice Care (HC) - Residents can age in place and will not need to be moved. Commonly, a hospice agency will offer an RN to oversee that all comfort care needs are being addressed. Short Term stay or Respite Care (RC) - A short visit. Patients will use the furniture and accommodations of the community while planning to return home. Most assisted living communities will have a minimum stay (average of two weeks to one month). All communities can help with activities of daily living (ADLs) which include: bathing, dressing, grooming, meals, medication management, transfers, ambulation, and general supervision to keep patients safe and comfortable. An RCFE form - aka: Physician’s Report, 602 are health care directives as prescribed by a licensed MD. This document clearly states care directives as prescribed by a Doctor. A licensed MD must complete form.
- All prices are subject to change based upon the completed RCFE form and assessment.
Who can I trust?
Educate yourself on the process to make informed decisions to find the best senior living community for you.
- Look at our quick two-minute overview tutorials to help you through the process. This is generalized information. To ensure a custom-tailored care plan SSH Team is available to address any specific questions or concerns you may have via text, email and phone complete the 'Help Me' questionnaire.
Why isn’t insurance paying for long-term care in a Nursing Home?
Nursing homes, also called skilled nursing facilities or SNFs (sniffs), provide a wide range of health and personal care services. Their services focus on medical care more than most assisted living facilities. These services typically include nursing care, 24-hour supervision, three meals a day, and assistance with everyday activities. They also provide rehabilitation services, such as physical, occupational, and speech therapy, where RNs, CNAs, and MDs offer personal care.
Some stay at a skilled nursing facility for a short time after being in the hospital and return home after recovering. However, some patients remain permanently because they have ongoing physical or mental conditions and require constant care and supervision (i.e., feeding tube, wound care, etc.).
- All of your information is safeguarded for HIPPA compliance. *
How much does it cost to get help finding the right Senior Home?
There are many local and national senior housing placement specialists. Understanding their background and knowledge base is critical. Some agencies charge an hourly rate, while others do not. Senior referral agencies will offer recommendations and are compensated a percentage of the first month as payment. It’s OK to ask how they are compensated. It is common for referral agencies to charge between 50% - 125% of the first month's rate.
When the referral rate is higher, it’s important to understand that all communities won’t work with that agency. This means you will not receive information for this care facility, even if it’s a good fit for your needs. Shop Senior Homes is NOT a referral agency. We are an online, open-access database that allows you to search for the most appropriate communities within your parameters, while assisting you through the entire process. SSH Team are also able to connect you with other local referral agencies; simply ask.
How do I pay for assisted living?
Typically the costs for assisted living and board and care homes are paid privately, out of your pocket.
Long term care insurance: https://www.insurance.ca.gov/01-consumers/105-type/95-guides/05-health/01-ltc/ltc-insurance.cfm
Options for Veterans - VA aid and attendance: https://www.va.gov/pension/aid-attendance-housebound/
I don’t even know what I should be looking for in an assisted living, what questions should I ask?
- Great question!
- Click here for a checklist.