This blog post is a part of a series entitled, “Senior Care Choices.” In each post, you’ll get an overview of a specific senior care option and the basic information you’ll need to know if it is a good option for you to pursue. Today we’re talking about residential care. Be sure to check out the different posts detailing other excellent possibilities of care for you or your loved one.
What is Residential Care?
Residential care, or adult family homes, are private residences that house multiple individuals at the same time. They provide a comfortable place for seniors to live. Trained professionals assist seniors as they go about their everyday living. Attentive assistants take care of tasks that might become difficult in later years, such as preparing food and cleaning.
When Should I Consider Residential Care?
Residential care is particularly suited for those having a harder time moving around, yet still want to enjoy the autonomy of living outside of a dedicated nursing home. Many of these adult family homes only house a limited number of individuals. This ensures that each person receives individualized care and attention.
Depending on the state, residential care homes can be an affordable alternative to nursing home care. Additional monthly expenses may be required for certain services, especially in cases where Alzheimer’s care is necessary.
How Do I Choose the Right Residential Care?
Many residential care homes provide added services for their residents, including:
- daily home-cooked meals
- housekeeping and laundry services
- medication management
- social programs and activities
The services will vary from property to property. Make sure to do your research to ensure that you’re getting the services you need before committing to residential care.
For personal care in a friendly environment, residential care is an excellent choice for you or your loved one.