- There are three types of residential care facilities,
all licensed as: Residential Care Facilities for
the Elderly (RCFE). Take care not to confuse residential
care facilities with Skilled Nursing Facilities. SNFs
are sub-acute medical facilities that provide 24 hour
nursing care, whereas RCFEs are licensed as non-medical communities.
These facilities accommodate from 40 to 200 people.
They generally work better for people who are physically
active and mentally alert allowing them to take advantage
of the daily outings and activities that are offered.
In an Assisted Living Facility, each resident has his
or her own room with a private full bath. Meals are
served in a central dining room. While twenty-four hour
assistance is available, residents are otherwise on
their own. Emergency assistance is accessed through
a pendant or intercom system in each room.
These are homes in the community that have been converted
and licensed to accommodate usually up to six residents
with one or more caregivers. Always look for facilities
that have a minimum of two caregivers at any given time.
Board and Care Homes generally work better for people
who have more personal care needs, are more forgetful,
suffer dementia or simply prefer a home-like environment.
Help is always close at hand. Meals are served at the
common dining room table. There is an activity schedule
for socialization and exercise but usually less than
in Assisted Living environments.
These facilities provide specialized care and supervision
for people with significant memory loss. They are secured
so if a resident tries to exit the facility, an alarm
will sound. Twenty-four hour "awake" staffing is provided. Residents
are required to have a primary diagnosis of dementia
or Alzheimer's Disease to be admitted.
Before any facility can be a part of our referral base,
we review licensing records and complete an onsite tour.
We consider the physical plant, the accommodation and
services provided, the general location, the cost, the
staff, and special skills of the staff/owner. Referral facilities are carefully evaluated and communities are reevaluated on a regular basis. Furthermore, we have 15 years of client feedback that we use to help you find the best selection for your needs.