Adult care homes (also called residential care homes and adult family homes) are private homes licensed by the state to care for from 2-8 residents. They offer an attractive living option for individuals who might benefit from a homelike setting with a small number of residents.
An alternative to the larger setting of assisted living, care homes offer residents the opportunity to interact with the entire household, which often includes the operator's family, children, pets, the other residents and their families.
Residential Setting Benefits Many
Adult care homes provide room, board and care much like assisted living facilities, but in a smaller, more personal setting. In contrast to assisted living with its more active social opportunities, care homes specialize in more hands-on care and personal attention. As with other care communities, the level of care and focus varies. But many care homes specialize by design and staffing to attend people with memory care issues such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.
Due to the nature of adult care homes' familial relationship, the providers cultivate an "age in place" environment, often keeping residents through the "end of life." By offering continuity and avoiding multiple moves, residents and their families enjoy reduced stress and avoid trauma.
Depending on residents' needs, adult care homes provide family-style meals, supervision, assistance with medications and Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) and social activities. Most care homes offer private/semi private rooms and 24-hour personalized care.
Some specialize in dementia and mental health issues while others cater to conditions such as diabetes. Another contingency provides more resort-style facilities, often boasting a full menu of amenities such as landscaped gardens, organized social outings and weekly live entertainment.
Choosing an Appropriate Adult Care Home
As with other, long-term care options, a number of factors should be considered when selecting an adult care home, including physical, mental and financial factors. During the evaluation stage, for example, meet with residents and talk to their family members. It is also a good idea to check with the long-term care ombudsman, who oversees the quality care in a residence. Ask if a care home is in compliance or if it has had complaints and how they were resolved. Placement services can often help match the individual with the right community.
When evaluating an adult care home, research the provider's credentials and background as well as observe if they are kind, compassionate individuals. Do they provide a true family environment in a residential neighborhood? Another tip is to look for an adult care home where the residents are satisfied and the resident and his or her family members are invited to join in a partnership with the family.
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Written by senior care writer Leslee Jaquette.