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Residential Care Home

What Is Residential Care Home?

A Residential Care Home, also known as a Board and Care Home, is a house in a residential neighborhood that has been converted into a facility that provides supportive care for seniors who are safer being in a small group living environment.

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A Residential Care Home, also known as a Board and Care Home, is a house in a residential neighborhood that has been licensed to provide supportive care for seniors who need to be in a small group living environment due to their level of care requirement. Residential Care Homes have anywhere from 6 to 20 residents, living in either shared or private bedrooms, with shared kitchens, common areas, and bathrooms (some private rooms do have their own bathrooms).

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Residents will receive one on one help with activities of daily living with the benefit of a much smaller caregiver-to-patient ratio than an Assisted Living Community. On average, some Residential Care Homes are a less expensive option than assisted living and may have a higher number of Medicare patients living there.

In most states, like California, these homes are licensed by the state, and licensing requirements include regular visits and inspections by state authorities (Licensing requirements do vary state by state).

Who Is the Best Fit for a Residential Care Home?

Since Residential Care Homes provide a higher level of care than an Assisted Living Community, with a much smaller staff-to-patient ratio, the ideal candidate is someone who requires a great deal of supervision and attention to the basics of daily living. 

Often, seniors find themselves transitioning out of an Assisted Living Community into a Residential Care Home when they and their families learn that the former can no longer meet their needs because their fall risk has increased, their mobility has become more limited, or they are approaching the end of life.

If a senior is still fairly independent and is very social and likes to make lots of friends, they may not be a good match for a Residential Care Home. However, some folks dislike the large, institutional feel of an Assisted Living Community and feel more secure in a smaller, cozier setting.

What it's like to live in a Residential Care Home

There are a few noteworthy differences between life in a Residential Care Home and an Assisted Living Community. Instead of an apartment or hotel type setting, a Residential Care Home provides a family-like atmosphere, and residents live in shared or private bedrooms rather than studios or apartments. Often, bathrooms are shared, although some rooms do have their own private bathrooms.

Another difference is that the level of activities, outings and amenities at an Assisted Living Community are not usually provided at a Residential Care Home, although many homes do offer activities like group music sessions or arts and crafts. Some homes also offer 24-hour “awake staff” for residents who are in need of around-the-clock care.

Residential Care Homes will offer the following types of support:

  • 3 Meals a day plus healthy snacks

  • Bathing

  • Dressing and Grooming

  • Feeding Assistance

  • Mobility (Walking, transfer assistance, help to the bathroom etc.)

  • Medication Reminders

  • Toileting and Incontinence Care

  • Scheduled transportation to doctor’s appointments

Questions to ask about a Board and Care when visiting

How do you handle medical emergencies?

How do you assess a senior’s medical needs, and how often?

What kind of training does your staff have?

What security measures are in place?

How do you handle residents who wander/get lost easily?

Can residents bring their own furniture/furnishings for their rooms?

Are dietary restrictions/needs accommodated by the kitchen staff?

Do you have visiting hours for family and friends?

Do You Need Help Finding a Residential Care Home?

Given the array of different options, our team of expert advisers can help you explore what would suit you or your loved one’s needs, as well as answer your questions and concerns before you settle on the best fit. 

Our team is ready to match your loved one’s individual needs and preferences with options that line up with their budget and geographical preferences. For absolutely no cost, you will be paired with a Senior Care Advisor who can help navigate the confusing path of senior living and reach the right decision for you and your loved one. 

Call us at 866-828-9855 for a FREE GUIDED TOUR. 

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