The Adult Care Home: A Home-Like Alternative

An adult care home is a residential facility which provides seniors a place to live along with meals, assistance with day-to-day tasks and limited medical care. Adult care homes can offer a more home-like atmosphere than other types of long-term care facilities as they are usually smaller, with no more than 10 residents, and located within residential neighborhoods.

Licensing of an adult care home occurs on a state level, and may also be known as board and care homes, adult family homes and personal care homes or residential care homes.

Who Should Consider An Adult Care Home?

Elderly adults may consider a move to an adult care home when they have difficulty moving around on their own, or are unable to carry out daily housekeeping and personal care tasks. Adult care homes are a great alternative for seniors who can no longer live independently at home but do not require the full services of a traditional nursing home or skilled nursing facility.

However, apart from requiring some assistance, residents of an adult care home usually still remain as independent and active as possible, are capable of communicating well, and suffer from no major health problems that require intensive medical care or supervision.

What Services Are Provided By An Adult Care Home?

Services provided at an adult care home may differ from state to state due to licensing requirements, but generally include the following:

  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner provided daily
  • Help with mobility
  • Personal care and grooming help
  • Housekeeping and laundering
  • Transportation
  • Access to health and medical services
  • 24-hour security and assistance
  • Assistance with medication
  • Recreational activities

How Much Does An Adult Care Home Cost?

Cost can vary widely according to location and choice of home. The costs can reach as high as $75,000 per year, but is often between $2,000 and $5,000 per month. Some assistance may be available from Medicare or Medicaid, but residents and their families should expect to pay for most of the expenses personally.

A small number of adult care homes may accept the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for their fee. Veterans can may also be eligible for special veterans’ homes approved by the Veterans Affairs board.

Find An Adult Care Home

Adult care homes offer a friendly environment, all the amenities of home and the peace of mind of knowing that a caregiver is available around the clock if required. Browse our nationwide directory to Find an Adult Care Home near you.

Written by senior housing staff writer.