Micro communities, or residential care, as they’re more commonly known, are a category of senior living that encompasses various types of smaller senior communities. Identified by different names, these are called residential care homes, adult family homes, personal care homes, adult foster homes, group homes, or board and care homes. Although typically they provide care for seniors in a homelike setting, residential care facilities do differ by function, setting and, levels of care provided to seniors.

This type of smaller community setting works well for residents who do not want to live in a larger community but still require a level of assistance and care that would be provided by anAssisted Living or Nursing Home facility. One of the key differences in a smaller residential care home with lower occupancy is residents receive an individualized focus with more one-on-one attention. Residential care home administrators or owners are able to specialize in particular resident healthcare needs such as monitoring diabetes, special care for dementia residents, and those requiring special diets. The smaller care-provider-to-resident ratio also allows more focus on residents who speak a particular language, adhere to certain religions, those from various cultural backgrounds, as well as other distinct needs.

In a residential care home, a senior may get help with taking medications, assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs), such as bathing, getting dressed, grooming, and help with going to the bathroom. Because of the more intimate setting of the home, residents are often provided with non-medical or care activities such as playing board games, help with folding laundry, baking cookies, or preparing for the evening meal. For activities and outings away from the facility, residential care providers are usually able to offer transportation services to doctor’s appointments, shopping, trips to local senior centers, and other areas of interest to residents.

The monthly charge for residential care typically includes: three meals per day, utilities, housekeeping and laundry services, resident activities, and often transportation services. Care level charges are usually determined after an assessment of the individual resident's needs by the owner or operator. Extras and individual resident requests are normally charged by rates determined by the individual residential care home. Be sure to ask specific questions about charges when looking into a facility.

For additional information on residential care you can review Residential Care Overview or use our FREE details facility reports.

For immediate list of Residential Care providers in your area, simply search the OurParents directory on this page.

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