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What is the average cost of care in California?

The following outlines the costs of various levels of long term care needs, and should be used as a guideline only.

In-home Care Givers

As of January 1, 2014, the following rates are for 8 or more hours per day. If caregivers are in home less than 4 hours, a higher rate of approximately $2 - $4 is applied to their hourly rate.

  • A range of $19 - $26 per hour.
  • Live in rates require the caregiver is able to have 6-8 hours sleep uninterrupted. $285 – $425 daily rate which includes food.

Board and Care

Costs range from $3300 – $5500 a month. The person has their own room and shares common areas of home. They cannot manage any skilled nursing needs such as giving insulin, G-tube feedings, and dressing changes. They can administer nebulizer treatments, give oral medications, and oxygen.

Assisted Living

Costs range from $5,000 – $15,000 a month. The care varies from one assisted living to another. The memory care units are higher in cost due to the need for more care to be provided. They have a nurse on staff 24/7 and some are able to administer insulin, and tube feedings.

Nursing Home

Costs range from $7,000 – $23,000 a month. They can provide all levels of care and treatments. They have RN (Registered Nurse), and LVN (Licensed Vocational Nurse) on staff at all times.

Caregiver to patient ratio average

  • Home: 1:1
  • Board and care: 3:1
  • Assisted Living 4-5:1
  • Nursing homes 5:1

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