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Residential Care Homes Provide A Home for Life

By Daniel @ LivingSenior - July 10, 2011

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Given the choice, most of us would be perfectly content to live out our golden years in familiar surroundings such as our own home or apartment. However, the harsh reality is that many seniors are in need of some form of long-term care. According to surveys conducted by the AARP, the chances of a person over the age of 65 becoming challenged by at least two daily activities is around 68%. This also includes seniors who might become cognitively impaired and can no longer safely stay in their own homes by themselves. Bridging the gap between the total independent living of a retirement community and the kind of intensive hospital like environment of a nursing home is the residential care home. This is a wonderful option for those seniors who want to have a home for life.

Residential Care Homes Are Right Next Door


To understand how important residential care homes are to senior care you need look no further than your closest Google map. If you were to type in "residential care home" you might be surprised to discover how many of these homes are actually within walking distance of your own home. This is because the goal of residential care home is to provide an environment for seniors that seamlessly blend into familiar communities and neighborhoods. This affords them a strong sense of continuity with their lifestyle and helps reduces the stress they might be going through as a result of some physical or mental changes occurring.

Residential care homes are also referred to as board and care homes or adult family homes. Among the benefits for residents are:

  • A private or shared room they can decorate with their own mementos.
  • Prepared meals in a fully equipped kitchen.
  • Assistance with daily activities like grooming, bathing or taking medications.
  • Help with custodial care like laundry, housekeeping or rights to doctors and other errands.

Small Home Feeling For Residents

Seniors who move into a residential care will find themselves sharing the environment with other like-minded individuals. The key word here is "home." Quite often these are actual homes that have been adapted for elderly care. Residents can enjoy their meals in the dining room and relax in the living room just as they would in their own homes. The big difference is that there will always be qualified and well-trained staff on call at the home. These caregivers will either come and go in shifts or would be actually living in the home. The bottom line is that the residents will never find themselves alone or wanting for care.

A residential care home is not necessarily for senior who can still lead an active life. These homes are considered more suitable to elders who might be a bit frailer. Depending on the level of care required the cost for residential care could range anywhere between $3500-$4500 per month. You could even find centers for as little as $1500 a month. For many seniors residential care is the perfect fit to maintain a quality of life.