FAQs

Getting your loved one in a Care Home or Assisted Living Facility:

  • -Obtain a physician’s report from a primary care physician (e.g. form 602, in California)
  • -Search for a care home (typically, care homes accepts private pay or long term care insurance)
  • -Do your due diligence by obtaining a current state licensing report of your prospective care home (e.g. in California)
  • -Speak and meet with the facility administrator or owner at the facility (facility owners / administrators are a good resource for information)
  • -Decide which care home best meet and suit your loved one’s needs

Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly (RCFE) are considered non-medical facilities that provide care, supervision and assistance with activities of daily living to seniors 60 years of age and over. RCFEs may also be known as assisted living communities, retirement homes and board and care homes. They can range in size from six beds or less to over 100 beds. The residents in these facilities require varying levels of personal care and supervision.

RCFE provide room & board, meal preparation, housekeeping, laundry, supervision, medication management, and assistance in activities of daily living. Activities of daily living includes personal care, bathing, toileting, dressing, feeding, safety supervision and mobility. RCFE centrally store, manage, and distribute medications for the residents to self-administer. RCFE accommodates seniors who are unable to safely live in their homes by themselves but who do not require 24 hour nursing care.

Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly (RCFE) or Assisted Living Facilities (ALF) must meet care and safety standards set by their respected State licensing board. For example, in the state of California RCFE or ALF are licensed, regulated and inspected by the Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing (CCL)

Board and Care (B&C) or Residential Care Home is a facility that is typically situated in a residential home that can accommodate small groups of 6 seniors in a home like environment. This is the most ideal choice of RCFE for families who prefer their loved ones to receive a more personalized care because the usual number of caregivers in a board and care is two which makes the caregivers to residents ratio more appealing. These facilities offers private and shared rooms to accommodate certain requirements and criteria set by the family.

Services offered in a Board and Care (B&C) or Residential Care Home:

  • -Private or shared rooms
  • -3 meals daily, home cooked meals
  • -Medication management
  • -24-hour safety supervision
  • -Personalized care
  • -Assistance in activities of daily living
  • -Informing family for any changes in resident’s health, mental and physical condition
  • -Laundry and housekeeping service
  • -Social and recreational activities
  • -Scheduling and coordinating transportation to medical and dental appointments
  • -Coordination of care with other medical professionals (Home Health Care and Hospice Care Agencies)

Cost of a Board and Care (B&C) or Residential Care Home

Living in a Board and Care or Residential Care Home is often half the cost of skilled nursing home care, and it is cost effective than assisted living care. Typically, all basic services provided are inclusive with the monthly cost. This type of facility generally accepts payment in a form of private pay and long term care insurance.

Assisted Living Facility (ALF) is a larger facility that can hold up to 100 beds or more. These facilities offers a variety of services and living accommodations to seniors with decline or changes in their level of physical function, mental status and care needs. ALF provide seniors room and board to facilitate and maintain their level of independence while providing some supervision and needed assistance with their activities of daily living. ALF has memory care units for seniors who are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or Dementia who requires round the clock safety monitoring, supervision and assistance with all activities of daily living . These memory care units are usually staff by safety personnel such as Registered nurses (supervisory position), License Vocational nurses (supervisory position), Medication Technicians, and aides.

Services offered in an Assisted Living Facility (ALF):

  • -Types of residence offered (Studio, one or two-bedroom residence)
  • -3 meals daily, in house cooked meals
  • -Medication management
  • -Personalized care
  • -Assistance in activities of daily living
  • -Informing family for any changes in resident’s health, mental and physical condition.
  • -Laundry service
  • -Basic housekeeping service
  • -Social and recreational activities
  • -Health and exercise programs
  • -24-hour supervision and security
  • -Scheduling and coordinating transportation to medical and dental appointments
  • -Coordination of care with other medical professionals (Home Health Care and Hospice Care Agencies)

Cost of living in an Assisted Living Facility (ALF):

Cost of living in an Assisted Living Facility varies depending on the following factors:

  • -Type and size of residence: Studio, one or two-bedroom residence
  • -Services required and requested
  • -General location of the Assisted living community

Typically, base rates only covers room and board and daily meal services. Services such as medication management, laundry, and housekeeping may incur additional fees. This type of facility generally accepts payment in a form of private pay and long term care insurance.