Residential Care Homes, also called board and care homes, provide housing and supportive services for seniors who do not need 24-hour nursing care. Most are located in single-family homes in residential neighborhoods. Many residential care homes specialize in caring for individuals with Alzheimer's and dementia.
Residential care homes offer a smaller, more home-like family setting for seniors. Care homes usually range in size from one to eight beds. Typically, residents share common areas such as living room and dining room, but will have their own private, handicap-accessible, room.
Residential care homes offer a wide range of services, but consumers should closely examine the programs at each facility to make sure services meet their needs. Homes will usually offer community and social activities in addition to basic services.
Residential care home rates vary according to services provided. They are usually less than that of nursing homes.