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What are Residential Care Homes?

Residential Board and Care Homes for Seniors

Board and care homes for seniors are known by a variety of different names depending upon what state you are in. Some states call them adult care homes, while others refer to them as group homes, personal care homes, and residential senior care homes.

Group living programs are often located in a private home setting. They are smaller than an independent living or assisted living community. The majority are home to no more than six to eight senior residents. Most group homes are located in residential neighborhoods.


Residential Board and Care Home Services

Adult care homes are normally less plush than other senior living environments. They are intended to look and feel more like a traditional home. Residents usually eat meals family-style in a kitchen or dining room and have their own private bedroom.

Additional board and care home services typically include:

    - Home cooked meals
    - Medication assistance or management
    - Housekeeping and laundry
    - Personal care assistance
    - Transportation
    - Limited calendar of life enrichment activities

Cost of Residential Board and Care Homes for Seniors

Most board and care homes charge seniors on a monthly basis. These costs vary widely by location. On average, seniors pay between $2,200 and $3,400 per month. While services are more limited in a personal care home, they are a much more affordable option for many families.

Paying for a Personal Care Home

Paying for a senior loved one to stay in an adult care home is typically with private funds. Some programs are Medicaid certified and others may have partnerships with local government organizations that help to pay for care.

Licensing for Residential Care Homes for Older Adults

One of the questions many families have about a group home for seniors relates to how they are licensed. It is different in each state. Some states tightly regulate personal care homes and require a nurse to oversee the operation. Other states have few regulations. At a minimum, most states require a health department survey and a fire safety inspection. If you are considering a personal care home for a senior loved one, call your local agency on aging to obtain a copy of licensing requirements in your state.

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