A residential care home, often known as a board and care home or personal care home, is another option. Personal care is provided to seniors in a home-like setting.
These facilities care for small groups of seniors over the age of 60.
In California, 90% of these residences have 6 or fewer occupants.
Because they are mainly private homes that have been renovated and staffed for small group living, residential care facilities are commonly located in the center of regular residential communities.
Let’s describe the type of care provided by a residential care facility, how much they cost each month, and who might appreciate living in this type of senior housing.
Is it necessary for an elderly person to relocate?
What type of care are residential care facilities capable of providing?
A residential care home offers more care than assisted living but less care than a nursing home (skilled nursing facility).
Because each residence has a small number of residents, there is more customized care and professional attention.
Each home may also provide a unique set of services.
Some offer a high level of attention, while others concentrate on the fundamentals.
It's critical to find out exactly what services each location will and will not supply.
Residential care homes often provide the following services:
- A single or double room is available (not an apartment)
- Bathroom facilities are shared.
- Personal hygiene
In general, most give supervision and assistance with daily life activities such as:
- Grooming and dressing
- Getting around
- Medication storage and distribution (but not administering)
- Toileting and incontinence management
Some residential care homes may additionally provide the following services:
- Some level of medical assistance, such as medication administration
Certain sorts of medical-level care, such as tube feeding or treatment of open bedsores, are available.
The standard level of facilities and recreational activities found in an assisted living home.
What is the price?
Residential care homes, on average, cost about the same as assisted living, $4,300 per month, according to Genworth.com.
The cost of care, however, will vary based on the level of care required, the quality of the home, and, most crucially, its location.
One significant distinction is that a residential care home typically does not accept Medicare or Medicaid.
They accept private payments, VA Aid & Attendance funds, and long-term care insurance.
Who would want to live in a residential care home?
1. Seniors who reject the bigger, institutional-style living environments seen in the majority of assisted living communities.
Your elderly relative can live as normally as they are able at a residential care home. They can go shopping, see friends and relatives whenever they like, go for walks, eat out, and so on.
It's an excellent alternative for people who can't live independently but don't want to be in a large institutional setting.
2. Seniors suffering from Alzheimer's disease or dementia
Living in a smaller space with fewer people helps lessen anxiety and tension in those with Alzheimer's or dementia.
They will also be able to receive care from a small group of staff members who will get to know them and their individual requirements.