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Assisted Living, Residential Board and Care Home
Residential Care Facilites have capacities for six or more residents in a single level building. There are caregivers on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and at least one nurse on duty during the day or on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Some Residential Care Facilities stand alone and some are connected to secured Alzheimer/Memory Care.
With few exceptions, most seniors have private or semi-private rooms and shared bathrooms. Caregivers are provided, as well as daily activities including outings, transportation for banking, doctor's appointments, and personal shopping.
Residential Care is the next step in senior assistance from Assisted Living. In addition to there being a nurse on staff, most Residential Care Facilities offer the following:
- Assistances with Medication Administration
- Dressing and Personal Appearance Assistance
- Escorts to Meals
- Incontinence Management
- Daily Health and Well-being checks
- Personal Laundry
Residential Board and Care Home
A facility that provides custodial care to persons who because of physical or emotional disorders are not able to live independently. The caregivers in a residential care facility have been thoroughly screened for your security and peace of mind. They are fingerprinted and cleared by the Department of Justice and FBI. They hold First Aid Certificates, have current physicals and TB clearances. The administrators are dedicated and highly qualified staff. The quality of care they provide is highly skilled and exemplifies the words "care and compassion". Their background is in all fields of nursing...middle age to geriatrics, with passion in the geriatric population. They are dedicated to providing your loved one with the best possible service and are proactive in patient care. They obtain great assesment skills involving medical care, intervention and setting goals for client needs.
Board and care homes are private residential homes that have been licensed by the Department of Social Services, to provide services to seniors. Most accept no more than six residents but offer a cozy home-like setting for frail seniors. At least one caregiver is on the premises at all times to assist residents. Rooms can be shared or private and may include a shared or private bathroom. Activities are provided. Specific needs can be met in this small setting, such as food preferences, meals, laundry, and housekeeping. Transportation to doctor appointments are usually included. Most provide assistance with dressing, bathing, grooming, eating, medication management, and hygiene. In most board and care homes, a resident will interact with just three or four caregivers each week. This allows caregivers and residents to form a close bond, which many seniors prefer. Homes range in caregiving levels, ranging from simply providing a personal presence for seniors to dealing with severe medical conditions. Some specialize in very specific areas of health care and their related needs, such as non-ambulatory residents, stroke or paralysis residents, diabetes care, oxygen needs, catheters, colostomy's, and memory impairment such as dementia, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease. Board and care homes are usually managed and owned by an individual or family who are closely involved in the day to day activities of the home. Board and care homes are a refreshing alternative to the more business-like approach of an assisted living or skilled nursing facility.
These homes provide a level of care that includes assistance with some activities of daily living, while allowing residents to be more independent than in most nursing homes. This level of care and supervision is for people who are unable to live by themselves but who do not need 24-hour nursing care. Residential care facilities operate under the supervision of Community Care Licensing, a subagency of the California Department of Social Services.
For those suffering from Alzheimer's disease or other kinds of dementia the small residential care facility can be an ideal care setting. The resident does not have to deal with many people and there is a lot of close supervision and support for him/her which can lower anxiety and stress. In residential care, the resident still has the ability to carry on as normal a life as they wish or are able to.
Call Heavenly Home before you begin your search for a home for you or your loved one. We can save you time and effort! Making a decision about moving a loved one to residential care is never easy. First, you'll want to talk to your loved one's doctor to understand his/her diagnosis and prognosis so you can understand what kind of care they need now and the kind of care they will likely need in coming months and years.
Cost of Care
The cost of living in a residential care community is between $3,000 and $5,000 per month.
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