What is a Residential Care Home?

Most people have heard the terms Assisted Living and Memory Care, but what about …Residential Care Homes? Also called, Group Homes or Care Homes. I bet you would be surprised to know that you’ve likely driven past one, and there may even be one in your neighborhood!senior lady with caregiver

Residential Care Homes are private homes that have been converted and staffed to care for seniors. These homes can provide a high level of care, similar to a skilled nursing facility, but in a home-like setting. The seniors choose, based on their budget, either a private room or shared room. They enjoy home-cooked meals, and assistance with their personal care (bathing, dressing, incontinence care, medication management, etc.). The homes usually have 3-6 residents, but some are set up to take more. In recent years, there have been smaller, home-like facilities built for up to 20 residents. These are basically a hybrid of a Residential Care Home and an Assisted Living/Memory Care, and are becoming a very popular option.

Who is a good candidate for a Residential Care Home? Seniors with Alzheimer’s/Dementia, mobility issues, or a senior who simply prefers the feel of a smaller setting. Some of the homes specialize in memory care and are secure. Others cater to higher-functioning residents, and some are all female or all male homes.

How much do they cost? On average, most fall between $3,000 – $5,000/month depending on care needs. There are some that are less, which is an attractive option for seniors on a limited budget.

Help is only a phone call away! Do you need help determining which type of senior living option is best for yourself or a family member? I can assist you with that…and my service is always FREE to families.

Lori Williams – Senior Services  214-783-1222

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