For most caregivers, deciding to move an elderly relative or spouse to a care facility is not easy. Once the decision is made, the next step is finding the right place and setting that fits your budget. Board and care homes may be a good fit for some elders. These facilities are single family residences set in a neighborhood. Most owners will own and manage more than one house. Board and care homes typically provide elders with the same services as larger assisted living facilities. They are usually 6 or 12 beds with a resident either having their own room or sharing a room. In some states, these homes may be called a residential care homes, adult family home, or group home. These establishments are required to be licensed in most states, which means they will have over site and evaluation by a state agency, such as the Department of Social Services. This is important information to know when touring these facilities. If they are licensed in your state, ask to see the license and the latest state survey results.
Like larger assisted living facilities, staff provide residents with three meals daily and help with activities such as eating, medication management, toileting, grooming and healthcare monitoring. An administrator or owner will manage the operation of the home and there should be someone on-site at all times.
These type of facilities may be ideal for elders who prefer a smaller, homelike environment and who may not be comfortable with a lot of people around them daily. Also, the cost savings is significant. However, a smaller environment also means fewer amenities, and activities than are available in a larger assisted living facility.
Personal preference and budget considerations may make a smaller board and care home the ideal choice for your loved one.