What is a Residential Care Home?
Is the phrase "Residential Care Home" something new to you? Maybe you've heard of it once or twice but are not familiar with what it is. Here is a little guide to help answer some questions you may be wondering about Residential Care Homes.
Senior Living Options
Residential Care Homes are an alternative option for seniors to receive care. Senior care options range from independent living to aided care, at-home care to a facility, and part-time care to full-time care.
When starting your search, you want to start with determining the level of care your loved one needs on a day-to-day basis. From there, determine what your price range is.
What is a Residential Care Home
Residential care homes are like traditional homes in a neighborhood; no one residential care home is the same from style to management. They provide 24/7 supervision and assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs) for seniors. This is a great option for seniors who prefer to live in a home-like setting, receive personal care and assistance based on their care needs, and have social interaction with a smaller group of seniors.
What is it like living in a Residential Care Home?
The atmosphere is quieter, homier, and usually houses between two and 10 seniors. Private and shared rooms are available, the staff is available 24/7, providing a variety of care and services. The resident-to-staff ratio in these care homes ranges from 3:1 to 6:1.
How much is it to place my loved one in a Residential Care home?
Residential care home costs can vary by state, usually costing around $2,500 to $4,500 per month. Monthly rates cover room, board, and care needs. Residential care homes are typically private pay, but financial assistance is available such as Long-term care insurance and VA benefits. Other options are available for financial assistance depending on the type of care seniors needs.
How do I know if a Residential Care Home is right for my loved one?
When deciding if a residential care home is right for your loved one, think about how active they are, how independent they care, how much assistance they need, and what they need assistance with. Residential care homes are intended for seniors who need care but don't need much medical attention, such as daily injections or feeding assistance through a tube.
For very active seniors, a residential care home may not offer enough physical stimulation. Activities are offered and engagement is encouraged. If activities are important for your loved one, it's best to ask the care home to see what activities are offered and the frequency as this can vary in each home.
For care needs, residential care homes are staffed 24/7 for seniors who require more intensive care and assistance. If a senior is at a high risk of falling, or in their final years, a residential care home may be an option to consider. Touring care homes is always encouraged so you can get a feel for the home, staffing, resources, and a feel for the atmosphere.