Now seniors can enjoy the best of both worlds with residential home care in a family-type residence staffed by medical caregivers. While residential care can take place in a home, retirement residence or assisted living facility, the term is used most often referring to a family-type home with 2-6 residents.
These homes are usually licensed by the state with all of the same regulations as those of an Assisted Living Facility. A licensed home may then qualify for payments from Medicare and Medicaid., as well as some long-term insurance care policies. Home-based care is provided to the elderly, especially those with dementia, and developmentally disabled adults requiring assistance with daily living.
Residential care does not usually involve skilled nursing services, such as administering injections, maintaining catheters or wound and ostomy care. Assistance with bathing, dressing, toileting and ambulating can be provided. The residential care home is ideal for the elderly who need some assistance, but not a nursing home. If a person qualifies for Medicare home care, such as following surgery or when a wound occurs, agency nurses can make home visits to provide care.
Because the setting is home-like, the resident can often keep personal furniture and belongings to ease the transition after a move. The residential care setting is ideal for persons with dementia because the staff and facility are both smaller. The confused person can have greater supervision and less stress. However, there can also be fewer activities and less socialization for the more active resident. Residents can enjoy as normal a life as their disabilities allow, visiting with family and friends, shopping, gardening, watching television, etc.
When an elderly person is in a home-like setting, he has less risk of exposure to infection, less risk of developing pressures sores, blood clots, and better orientation. Moving around, ambulating, going to the bathroom, and getting more rest and quality sleep are all more likely in familiar surroundings.
Maintaining a normal routine of eating and sleeping are helpful for the elderly and persons with dementia. Nursing homes and ALFs operate on institutional, rather than individual-oriented schedules. The elderly person at home receives personalized, individual care. Maintaining dignity is one of the hidden but most important benefits of residential home care.
The cost of residential care is another advantage over traditional nursing homes and Assisted Living Facilities. Residential homes are usually less expensive, although it may be less likely that the residence will take someone who has no additional income other than Social Security.
In a residential home, seniors can enjoy the best of both worlds: supervision and assistance, in a comfortable, home-like setting. Residential home care gives new meaning to the saying, “There’s no place like home.”