If you or a loved one need more care than you can get at home it may be time to explore residential care. Residential care is a term used to describe a home or community where an adult can live and receive care in a homelike setting. There are many residential care options that have become available over the last several years. Each type of residential care home offers different housing and care service options. It is important for families to understand the differences in available residential options. Decisions can then be made based on needs and preferences and what a particular residential care home offers.
An adult family home (AFH) is licensed to provide housing and care services for 2-6 adults in a regular home located in a residential neighborhood. The AFH may be run by a family, single person, or business partners. The Adult Family Home may also hire other employees. Some AFHs allow pets. In some homes, multiple languages are spoken.
In an adult family home staff assumes responsibility for the safety and well-being of the adult. A room, meals, laundry, supervision, and varying levels of assistance with care are provided. Some provide occasional nursing care. Some offer specialized care for people with mental health issues, developmental disabilities, or dementia.
Many consumers who choose an Adult Family Home do so because of the smaller more family like environment. For some people the smaller amount of other residents and staff contributes to increased comfort level. In an Adult Family Home space is more communal. Residents may have their own bedroom but common space such as living room, dining room, kitchen, and often bathrooms will be shared. For this reason, it’s important to not only choose an AFH that offers the appropriate care services, but also one that fits the individual’s personality.
An assisted living facility (ALF) is licensed to provide housing and care services to seven or more people in a home or facility located in a residential neighborhood. Like an adult family home, assisted living facilities provide housing and meals as well as assuming general responsibility for the safety and care of the resident.
The additional services offered are different for each home and may include:
- Varying levels of assistance with personal care.
- Intermittent nursing care (a nurse available on a part-time basis).
- Assistance with or administering of medications.
Adult family care homes are each unique as the residents they serve. Visit with the owners, staff and other residents to find your perfect fit for care and social concerns.
Article Provided by:
Virginia Yanos RN, MS
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