Residential care homes – also referred to as “family care homes” – provide individualized service, often in a standard single-family home. These houses have been modified to accommodate the needs of seniors, and are generally licensed by the state for only two to six beds. Similar to assisted living, residents receive 24-hour care and assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs), including medication management, housekeeping services, transportation to doctor’s appointments as needed, meals, and social programs.
Since these environments are much smaller, they can feel more tight-knit. This is often a great fit for seniors that would prefer a warmer, homier place to live.
Alzheimer’s and dementia patients may benefit from the cozier family-like atmosphere of a residential care home. However, they are not always as tightly secured as a more conventional assisted living community and will have less area to wander.
Residential care homes tend to be comparable to the price of assisted living, and the cost will often vary based on:
Consider these statements below for yourself or on behalf of your loved one:
If most or all of the above statements apply, then a Residential Care Home may be a good option. You could also consider the following solutions:
If you or your loved one are in better health than these statements indicate, the following solutions may be a better fit:
If you or your loved one need more hands-on care, the following options may be a better fit:
Still not sure? Take our Care Assessment to see what care level may be best.
– Helen Keller