What is a Residential Care Home?
Why should I choose a Residential Care Home?
A Residential Care Home is a close-knit community that can provide more socialization and personalized services than a traditional assisted living facility.
There are fewer residents and thus fewer caregivers needed, so stronger bonds can form between residents and staff, as well as between residents, making the home feel more like living with family.
Meals are shared and activities done together, so seniors, especially those who feel isolated, my thrive in a Residential Care Home.
What services do Residential Care Homes offer?
Residential Care Homes offer at the minimum basic services that include meal preparation, laundry, transportation, outings, social activities, and medication administration.
Depending on the needs of the resident, special provisions may be put in place, especially for special needs such as cognitive disorders or mobility limitations.
Residents are also provided with either a private or semi-private room at each care facility, which is usually set up in a traditional home, so residents typically feel very comfortable.
What are the requirements for a Residential Care Home?
The requirements for a Residential Care Home may vary by state, but generally include food, shelter, and some services beyond the basics that may include medication administration.
The Patient’s Bill of Rights applies to residents living in Residential Care Homes as well as those in nursing homes.
Transfers and discharges may be handled differently for a Residential Care Home than for other types of assisted living facilities, however, and depending on the location may require a hearing at the Department of Public Health.