Residential Care Homes
You’ve worked hard throughout your life and spent a great deal of energy and funds maintaining a home. Now you’re ready to transition into a living situation that is far less stressful, yet home-like. A residential care home may best suit your needs.
Residential care homes (also known as adult family homes or board and care homes sometimes as assisted living) are single-family residences often nestled in regular neighborhoods. They aim to provide comfortable living situations for small groups of seniors. The average residential care home houses no more than 10 residents at a time.
There are currently 28,900 residential care communities throughout the United States, with 996,100 licensed beds, according to the National Center for Health Statistics.
In contrast with nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and independent living communities, residential care homes offer a more personal, family-like atmosphere. They’re a great option for seniors who:
- Seek to abandon the financial burdens of owning and maintaining a home
- Prefer an atmosphere that promotes close relationships with other residents
- Prefer independent living over an institutional setting
Unlike some other senior living and care facilities, couples are allowed to share rooms and residents are allowed to own pets in some homes.
Residents are relatively independent, free of debilitating conditions, and often require low supervision. They may, however, require limited assistance with standard living tasks.
What do residential care homes offer?
In a residential care home, you can expect:
- Private or shared, home-like living spaces
- 1-3 prepared meals per day
- Housekeeping and laundry services
- Part-time medical care and support
- Medication management and reminders
- Assistance with daily tasks such as bathing, dressing, and eating
- Social and recreational activities
- High staff-to-patient ratio
Cost of residential care homes
Living in a residential care home, on average, can range anywhere from $1,500 to $4,500 per month, depending on the following factors:
- The services offered
- The geolocation of the residence
- Whether a room is private or shared
- The level of care a resident needs
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