Residential Care Homes

Residential Care Homes: Family Environment

The terms "board and care homes", "adult family homes", "personal care homes" and "Residential Care Homes," are all senior care industry terms to identify various facilities and living communities. All these terms might or might not indicate official state-requirements with regards to level of care, the services that are provided and licensing. It is recommended that when considering any one of these facilities or communities that you request to review their state license or contact your state's authority for verifying their level of care, the services that are provided and type of license.

Living in Residential Care Homes

Residential Care Homes offer a more home-like, smaller family environment for seniors. Residential Care Homes offer meal services and aid with everyday activities of living, but typically don't have a medical professional on location. Part-time and limited medical care is available, but it is far from the key focus of this form of elder care. Typically, Residential Care Homes are located in normal single family residences and neighborhoods, and provide care for a lot less residents than assisted living communities. It's not very common for Residential Care Homes to care for more than 12 seniors; which in this case can help create a much more home-style and personal living atmosphere.

Often times, people are inclined to Residential Care Homes by the looks of the exterior and the possible glamorous interior. While the ambiance may be nice, what aspects are most important are the caregivers' experience, skills and background.

Services & Cost of Care in Residential Care Homes

Meals, supervised care, activities and management of health are all offered in Residential Care Homes. Even though assisted living facilities may offer more activities, such as field trips, senior fitness classes, Residential Care Homes are a better match for seniors who need a more individual, home-like setting and more personal care. Below are listed a few basic services offered in most Residential Care Homes:

  • Social programs and activities
  • Light housekeeping and laundry service
  • Medication monitoring & management
  • 1 - 3 home cooked meals daily
  • Private, or semi-private comfortable rooms
  • Transportation to & from health related appointments

Living in Residential Care Homes often cost half the amount of nursing homes, and most of the time, it is more affordable than care in an assisted living facility. However, cost can differ based on the location of the Residential Care Homes, as well as the number services required or needed. Residential Care Homes may cost anywhere from $1,400 a month to $5,000 per month; and dementia or Alzheimer's care will cost even more. Monthly cost can also fluctuate depending on size of room and privacy. Most Residential Care Homes have shared rooms to cut back on cost as well as private rooms available for their residents.

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