Cost of Assisted Living, Senior Care Options, &
Other Senior Living Frequently Asked Questions
We know you have questions. We’re here to answer them!
How much do retirement homes cost?
The cost of a retirement home can be a big deciding factor. We’re here to help you no matter what your budget. We handle all budget levels and know the cost of every community in the Ventura County and Los Angeles areas. We help families from Ojai to Thousand Oaks, from Westlake Village to Simi Valley to Sherman Oaks.
Who are we and how long have we been in business?
Assisted Living Connections is proud to be owned and operated by two local businesswomen. We have been helping seniors since 2011.
Why work with Assisted Living Connections?
Searching for the right assisted living facility is a confusing, intimidating and exhausting process. Unlike online placement agencies who aren’t familiar with the local area, we personally walk you through the details of all of the different assisted living communities in Ventura County and the San Fernando Valley.
- We are local assisted living experts.
- Your family is our #1 priority.
- Our mothers have lived locally in assisted living communities and homes.
- We have the most up-to-date pricing and availability information.
- We know the “feel” of each community and home.
- Our service is 100% free with no hidden costs.
What areas do we serve?
Ventura County, including the Conejo Valley and Simi Valley
Agoura Hills, Camarillo, Fillmore, Moorpark, Newbury Park, Ojai, Oxnard, Port Hueneme, Santa Paula, Simi Valley, Somis, Thousand Oaks, Ventura, Westlake Village.
San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles County
Calabasas, Woodland Hills, West Hills, Chatsworth, Porter Ranch, Northridge, Reseda, Granada Hills, Van Nuys, North Hollywood, Encino, Tarzana, Sherman Oaks, Studio City
We have a strong out-of-area placement network that you can use with confidence, again at no cost.
How are we paid?
The assisted living communities and residential care homes pay us a finder’s fee when our clients move into their community. We describe our business as similar to a real estate agent for senior living.
Do the communities charge extra to accommodate your fees?
No, they do not charge you extra. They view us as part of their marketing department because we bring them qualified and appropriate residents, reducing their in-house costs accordingly.
Do you provide referrals for seniors in all income levels?
Yes. We help everyone who calls us. We work with hundreds of communities in every price range. All seniors, regardless of income, deserve a clean, safe and caring living environment. We help you find them.
Do I need to call around to different retirement homes?
We have the insider’s scoop on each licensed facility in your area, including state inspection reports. Therefore, there is no need for you to spend your time calling different communities only to find that they are not right for you. It also can jeopardize how much we can assist you. We have placed thousands of seniors in assisted living. We match up personalities, care needs, budget and location to ensure a successful placement.
How long does it take to find an appropriate community and move in?
We have placed clients within 24 hours. Many of our clients prefer to wait several months before they move in. We work on the timeline that is best for the senior and the family.
Senior Living Options
The search for the right senior living options can be a time consuming and stressful task. Senior Living Communities offer differing levels of care, a broad array of available amenities and a wide range of price points.
Assisted Living Communities (Care = light to moderate) are usually based on several levels of care, beginning with independent living. Private apartments offer seniors their own personal haven with the benefit of 24 hour care giving services. Dining, activities and socialization are just down the hall. Assisted Services can be as simple as medication monitoring, or can include some or all of the following: bathing, grooming, escorting services, special food preparation, incontinence care, escorts to medical appointments.
Board & Care Homes (Care = moderate to high) provide a high level of care and assistance with a high staff-to-resident ratio. Licensed for 6 residents, Board and Care’s offer a residential, home-like atmosphere with almost one-on-one care and supervision. Board and Care facilities are structured for residents that are either ambulatory or non-ambulatory, and may require assistance with bathing, dressing, medication supervision, incontinence care, walking, feeding & grooming. Many Board and Care homes specialize in Alzheimer and Dementia care. Most have a hospice waiver/s.
Memory Care/Alzheimer’s/Dementia Care Facilities (Care = moderate to high) These facilities provide specialized care and supervision for people with significant memory loss. They are secured so if a resident tries to exit the facility, an alarm will sound. Twenty-four hour “awake” staffing is provided. Residents are required to have a primary diagnosis of dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease to be admitted.
Independent Living Communities (No care, totally independent) are geared for seniors who wish to reduce or eliminate the responsibilities of running a household; no longer wish to live alone; desire a socialized environment and want a sense of security. Housing options vary and are friendlier to older adults. They are often more compact and easier to navigate.
Skilled Nursing Facilities (Care = high, medical facility) Nursing Homes, Convalescent Care, Rehabilitation Centers are all names for Skilled Nursing Facilities. As a medical care model they provide 24-hour skilled nursing care by licensed, trained professionals. They offer physical and occupational therapy, speech and respiratory therapies, wound care and post hospitalization care.