Residential care homes are known by different names depending on where you live. In
some areas they are called adult family homes, in other areas they may be referred to as
personal care homes, adult foster homes, group homes, or board and care homes. Typically they all have the same things in common: they
provide care for seniors in a homelike setting that's very much like a family.
This type of setting is excellent for residents who do not want to live in a larger community
setting but still require a level of assistance similar to that offered by an Assisted Living or
a Nursing Home. The staff in a residential care home may assist with medications, help
residents bathe, get dressed and perform many other daily tasks or activities of daily living.
Because of the homes' intimate settings, owners can often specialize in particular resident
needs such as diabetes care, memory care, residents with special diets, residents who speak
a particular language (Japanese or Spanish for example), residents of a particular religion
or cultural background, as well as other needs.
Resident activities may involve board games, folding laundry, baking cookies, or preparing
for the evening meal. Transportation may be included as part of the service the home
provides, and may include doctor appointments, shopping, banking or trips to the local
Rates are usually charged per month. The monthly charge typically includes: three meals
per day, utilities, housekeeping, laundry services, activities, and possibly transportation.
Care level charges will be determined after the resident's needs have been assessed by the
owner or operator.
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