Why Los Angeles Community Does Not Want Assisted Living

By Michelle Seitzer / Posted on 06 November 2012

Residents living within the 90210 zip code — made popular by the 90s era TV shows Melrose Place and Beverly Hills, 90210 – don’t want to see any more assisted living communities in the vicinity.

It’s not because the Los Angeles community is against providing care options for seniors who need it. Their frustration, according to this post from AssistedLivingFacilities.org, stems from the fact that 1. there are already too many facilities in the area (there are about 24 assisted living homes, addiction centers, and nursing homes) and 2. they believe that most of the providers and developers are in it for the money rather than the service.

Parking difficulties, an increase in police calls and ambulance sirens, and the possibility of those with dementia wandering from the community are additional concerns expressed by 90210 residents, per the post.

While certain areas seem to be saturated with senior care options, others — particularly rural regions — are hard-pressed to find quality services and settings for their loved ones. Unfortunately, these inequities are most likely associated with the all-important bottom line. However, advances in technology that can support seniors at home, options for paying family and friends to provide care at home, and more continuing care communities bringing services to seniors in their homes indicates a move towards providing alternatives to high-cost residential care, which is certainly a move in the right direction as the population ages.



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