Residential care homes, are also known as adult family homes, adult family care homes, residential care facilities, personal care homes, and care homes depending on what part of the country you live in. Most care homes are in single-family homes in residential neighborhoods. Residential care homes usually range in size from one to six beds. Residents share communal areas such as a living room and dining room but will generally have their own private room with a handicap accessible design. In some cases, the owners are required to live in the home, and in other cases they are not.
Residential care homes offer a wide range of services, but consumers should look closely at the programs of each facility to see if the services will meet their needs. Some homes will also offer community and social activities in addition to basic services.
Amenities in residential care homes typically include:
• Comfortable private or semi-private rooms
• Three home prepared meals
• Housekeeping service
• Laundry service
• Medication management
• Social programs and activities
• Transportation to and from doctor's appointments
Residential care homes are group living arrangements in a residential setting designed for people who can no longer live independently, and who don't require the care of a nursing home. Daily rates of these care homes are usually less than the rates at a nursing home.
Most providers choose the level of care assistance they provide however, they must be certified. Residential care homes provide varying levels of care, protective supervision and assistance with activities of daily living, such as bathing, grooming, dressing and basic self-care. Some homes specialize in caring for people who are physically frail. Other homes care for people who have Dementia or Alzheimer's disease. Some homes provide support to individuals who are both frail of body and mind. A limited number of homes also care for younger adults with developmental disabilities. Each home has its own unique personality and area of specialty.
The depth of knowledge and experience spans a broad spectrum among providers and care giving staff. Some homes are operated by medical professionals such as physicians, nurses or therapists. Other homes are operated by para-professionals such as certified nursing assistants or nursing assistants registered.
In addition to fundamental courses on caregiving, first-aid, CPR and annual continuing education, residential care home providers and their staff must become certified in various areas of specialty, if they provide care to individuals with those specific needs.
Living in a residential care home is often half the cost of nursing home care, and in some states, it is even more affordable than assisted living care. However, cost can vary depending on the geographical location of the residential care home, as well as the types of services needed. In some residential care homes, the cost can be anywhere from $2,200 to upward of $5,500 each month and dementia care can cost even more.
Below are nine senior care options that cover care facilities, independent living, and in-home care. Under each option, there is a short description outlining the care or service of the care option. Select the option that you feel best suits the needs of your loved one. If you're not sure, don't worry. It can be changed as you go through the process. Now that you have selected your care option-click the link "Select this option."
As you complete the form, please read it carefully. The information you provide the facility or care agency is key to a successful placement. Note, if you don't have your loved one's physician's report, just put their diagnosis as you believe it to be. Also, make sure their monthly care budget is what you have selected. In the comments box, enter any information you think would be helpful to the facility or care agency — Submit the form.
If you requested the facilities or care agencies to call you, expect up to four calls over the next twenty-four hours. They will answer any questions you may have about your loved one's care needs. From that point, if you are satisfied, you can set up a tour with one or all of them. Be prepared with a physician's report during the visit so that you can have an idea of the cost of care. If you choose to go forward after your visit, the facility will set up a time to assess your loved one.
Adult day care centers focus on social interaction with adults and older persons. Adult day health care (ADHC) provides day care to adults with chronic medical conditions. Use our adult day care center placement and referral agency service to find adult day care centers.Select this option
Assisted living facilities provide seniors more companionship and some assistance in day-to-day living. Assisted living facilities come in all sizes. Our assisted living facility placement and referral agency service will help seniors find the right private pay assisted living community.Select this option
Continuing care communities are a combination of memory care facilities, nursing homes and assisted living facilities. CCRC's are owned by private companies and staffed to provide a "continuum of care". There are three basic types of contracts for care in a CCRC.Select this option
Hospice care is more than a place of care, hospice is a unique kind of care for people with advanced illnesses. Hospice care is a specialized care that accepts dying as the final stage of life. Use our hospice care facility placement and referral agency service to find hospice care facilities.Select this option
Independent living is simply any housing arrangement designed for seniors, generally those aged 55 and over. These communities are for seniors who need no care. Use our independent living community placement and referral agency service to find independent living.Select this option
Home care and in-home care are sometimes referred to as home health care, home health and private duty. Our home care placement and referral agency service will help clients find in-home care, home care, home health care and private duty home care close to you.Select this option
Memory care is a term that refers to specialized care provided by some facilities to help elder/seniors and other individuals affected by memory impairment. Use our memory care facility placement and referral agency service to find private pay memory care facilities.Select this option
Residential Care Homes are also known as adult family homes, adult family care homes, care homes, residential care facilities and personal care homes. Our residential care home placement and referral agency service will help seniors find the appropriate senior care home.Select this option
Skilled nursing facilities are normally the highest level of care for older adults outside of a hospital. Nursing homes provide custodial care, which includes getting in and out of bed. Use our skilled nursing facility placement and referral agency service to help you find the right facility.Select this option