The Facts about Residential Care

Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly (RCFE)

Residential care facilities for the elderly (also known as board and care homes) are ideal for seniors needing a higher level of care who can no longer function in their own homes. Many of these homes are in traditionals in residential neighborhoods. Residents may share bathrooms, bedrooms and living spaces. Most of the board and care homes are licensed to have up to six residents and are therefore much smaller than assisted living facilities. The needs that you can expect to have met in a residential care facility for the elderly are:

  • 24 hour of care and supervision
  • All meals and snacks
  • Private of semi private rooms
  • Alzheimer’s/Dementia care
  • Help with personal hygiene/bathing/dressing/grooming
  • Medication management
  • Social activities

Assisted Living Facilities

Assisted living communities are designed for individuals who may or may not having difficulties living alone, but do not need daily nursing care. The size of these communities varies widely with some of the larger communities having more than 200 rooms. Services offered include housekeeping services, meals, transportation, medication reminders, social and recreational activities and others. It is however important to know that these communities are usually not in the position to offer one on one personal care for seniors requiring a higher level of care. They usually will ask you to hire a seperate personal caregiver who will provide those services.

Nursing Homes

Nursing homes provide care for individuals who need nursing care without being in a hospital. Nursing homes are usually quite large facilities with a hospital like setting where 2 to 3 residents share a room. They offer medical and rehabilitative services with 24 hour nursing care.

In Home Care

In Home care is the option that brings the care right to the elderly person’s home. This is the route that is preferred whenever possible by most people involved. The senior wants comfort, security, and the familiarity that their home brings. Their family members like to know that there are options out there that will keep them feeling comfortable, relaxed, and secure. Home care providers offer home care services starting at as little as two hours per day to 24 hour live-in care.