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What Are Residential Care Homes?

December 16, 2015
Common Questions

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If you have been researching Maryland senior care facilities for your loved one or for yourself, you probably came across many different terms used to describe these establishments. There are nursing homes, assisted living facilities, independent living communities and many others. But today we’d like to talk about residential care homes. What are they? What benefits do they offer? Who should consider them? Read on to find answers to these and other questions.

Personalized Care for Adults

Residential care homes are known under many names, such as adult family homes, personal care homes and board and care homes. The idea behind this type of senior care facility is to provide personalized care to several adults living under the same roof. Residential care homes are typically regular homes converted to accommodate between 10 and 20 seniors in private or semi-private rooms.

This living arrangement often comes with the following benefits:

  • Cozy, home-like environment
  • Residential neighborhood
  • Sense of companionship
  • Live-in caregivers who know their patients well
  • Assistance with daily living
  • Safe, yet non-institutional setting

Who Are Residential Care Homes For?

If your loved one is for the most part in good health but could use assistance with daily tasks and chores, a residential care home can be the perfect place for them. Keep in mind that residential care homes generally don’t provide medical care outside of emergency situations. They can coordinate doctor visits, checkups and medication delivery, but they are not the best solution for patients who are mostly on bed rest and require constant medical attention.

Residential care homes provide a safe, clean and comfortable living space that is not much different from your loved one’s home. The big bonus, however, is that your loved one won’t need to run errands, do chores or struggle with other repetitive tasks. Caregivers in a residential care home will do all of this and are on call 24/7 to provide assistance or handle emergencies.

What About Alzheimer’s Care?

Not all residential care facilities offer care for patients with Alzheimer’s and Dementia, so you would need to ask about it. Alzheimer’s patients require more supervision and not all facilities have the resource to offer it. At Kenwood Care, we do offer Alzheimer’s care in all four of our facilities and even have caregivers who are awake at night to assist your loved one.

Is a Residential Care Home the Only Facility I need?

Most of our residents at Kenwood Care remain with us until their last days. As their health starts to decline, we partner with hospice care providers to ensure your loved one is comfortable and pain-free. With hospice care, your loved one can stay in the residential care facility and there is no need to have them institutionalized.

If you are interested in learning more about residential care homes or about our services here at Kenwood Care, feel free to give us a call or contact us online.

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