Care Homes guide
What are Care Homes?
Care homes, often referred to as residential care homes, provide comfortable senior housing, accommodations, and personal assistance with common daily tasks like meals, housekeeping, and activities.
With home-like atmospheres and convenient access to care, residential care homes will keep you or your loved one safe, healthy, and independent. These senior living placements are intended for older adults who want to maintain normalcy in their daily life while having the assurance of personalized assistance where needed.
Home Care Amenities
- Comfortable lodging with options for private apartments, private rooms, or semi-private rooms
- 24/7 Security and emergency assistance
- Housekeeping and laundry services
- Daily prepared meals with accommodation for dietary restrictions
- Social activities
- Transportation services
- Medication management
- Assistance with dressing, grooming, and hygiene
- Care coordination with families and medical providers
FAQs for Home Care
Care homes and assisted living facilities are similar, but differ in the level of care they provide. Assisted living facilities are larger and provide more general care, whereas care homes are more intimate and specialize in personalized care to small groups of seniors. Additionally, care homes are typically converted residential communities and may feel more home-like compared to a larger facility residence. Assisted living facilities may offer more social engagements, planned activities, and communal spaces. Both are great options for senior living, but tailor to different levels of needs.
When choosing a care plan for yourself or your adult loved one, the overall cost is a key factor in decision-making. Since care homes have more independent senior residents and are less tailored for medical needs, the cost of care homes tends to be less than a traditional nursing home or medically tailored housing option. Care homes are comparable to assisted living facilities as they provide a similar level of care. According to Genworth’s Cost of Care analysis, the average monthly cost of assisted living is $4,300. Residents can expect to pay a similar amount for care homes.
It’s important to note that the cost can greatly differ depending on a few factors. Geographical location will play a significant role in the overall cost of care homes for adults. Another important factor in determining costs for care homes is the amenities provided. If you are seeking a care home with more luxury amenities like high-end fitness centers, swimming pools, tennis courts, etc., housing will come at a higher cost.
Lastly, accommodation style and privacy could impact the cost of your care come. For example, an apartment style will have a higher monthly cost than a standard room or shared space due to increased privacy. Accommodation options will differ depending on the individual care home, but in general, there are options to fit varying financial needs.
Unlike nursing homes, Medicaid does not cover the cost of care homes. While standard Medicare does not cover the cost of care homes either, states with HBSC waivers can cover some costs. Other common options for payment include:
- Life Insurance – Many adults seeking a care home residence opt to use their life insurance benefits. Seniors may cash out their policy or sell their policy to a third-party group for cash benefits. Working with a life insurance agent can ensure seniors take the optimal route in utilizing their full benefits.
- Reverse Mortgage – Seniors who own their home can take out a reverse mortgage loan on the equity of their building to receive cash payments which aid in the cost of care homes.
- Out of Pocket – Many seniors choose to pay out of pocket for their senior care, including care homes. In most cases, seniors sell or rent their standard residence to pay for their new care home or use funds from long-term savings accounts.
Planning for care homes can look different for every senior. Some adults may decide early on that they will eventually want or need to find a care home residence. In these instances, creating a long-term financial plan could aid in a smooth transition in the future. Others may start having difficulty later on with household chores and general daily tasks, and decide to start planning for long-term care. As a rule of thumb, the earlier you plan the better. Starting early provides more time to plan finances and search for the best residence for you or your loved one’s personal needs. While most seniors don’t want to feel rushed in their planning, there is an abundance of resources to help you plan your long-term residence in a care home, no matter your timeline. Understanding what you are looking for in your housing, touring different options, and taking your time in your decision will ensure you end up in the most optimal senior care home.
Services Provided in Care Homes
Residential care homes differ from other senior housing options in that they are tailored to adults who require minimal assistance, and provide accommodations and assistance to smaller groups of adults. Because of this, adults in care homes can feel at home, continue a normal lifestyle, and engage in interests and activities of their choosing. Some of the amenities you can enjoy in a senior care home include:
Care homes are typically much smaller than other adult housing options, meaning each resident can receive more personalized care and assistance. With more time dedicated to each individual, the residents and staff can build relationships and ensure the needs of each adult within the care home are understood on a more intimate level.
Social activities in a care home help residents build meaningful relationships and enjoy their community to the fullest. Care homes recognize the importance of socialization and may organize onsite and external activities to keep residents engaged in their lifestyles. Since care homes are less structured than other senior placement options, scheduled activities will never feel overwhelming but simply provide the opportunity for connection and new experiences.
A Homelike and Inviting Atmosphere
For many adults, the setting of their housing is of high priority. Care homes are mostly converted single-family homes situated in residential neighborhoods. This provides a familiar environment with a homelike atmosphere for adults to feel as comfortable as possible. In addition to the setting, the smaller size of care homes can foster a sense of belonging among residents and help build a closer, community-style environment.
Care homes offer enriching activity programming and events for their residents to ensure they feel fulfilled in their everyday life. However, they are typically much less structured than a traditional nursing home. This encourages adults to continue their typical lifestyle and engage in their own personal interests and hobbies. Assistance is given as needed, and residents are welcome to have visitors, run errands, socialize, exercise, and maintain their own schedules.
A Safe and Secure Setting
Care homes are designed with the needs of older adults in mind. All buildings and community grounds will be built with accessible features and accommodate mobility aids. The units themselves will have safe flooring treatments, handrails, and spacious designs. In addition, 24/7 security systems and access to emergency
Finding the Best Care Home For You or a Loved One
When seeking long-term care for yourself or your loved one, it’s important to ensure you find the best option for your comfort levels and personal needs. If you are seeking a self-sufficient lifestyle, have limited medical needs, and desire a convenient and safe setting, you will likely thrive in a care home. When looking for the best care home, you should aspects like location, room accommodations, amenities, and staff interaction to determine what care home community you would feel the most comfortable in.
We are dedicated to finding the best senior placement option for you or your loved one. Our helpline is available 7 days a week at no cost to you. If you or a loved one is seeking senior housing and wants to explore your options with no obligation required, our team is here to help.
Here's How it Works
Free Assessment from a Senior Living Advisor
During your initial call, a Senior Placement Advisor will conduct a brief assessment to get to know you, your loved one, your situation, and needs. This information will help us determine what care level and communities may be an option.
We’ll listen to your concerns and provide real advice tailored to your loved one’s unique circumstances. Our goal is to ensure you find the community that makes them feel most at home.
Review Senior Housing Care Solutions
Once we fully understand your needs and wants, we’ll present you with a shortlist of possible solutions. This list will contain the appropriate information you need to make an educated decision about these next steps. We only recommend properly licensed facilities that have passed our strict review.
Tour Senior Housing Care Communities
Once you’ve reviewed the list and have selected some potential options, we’ll personally escort you on a tour of selected communities.
From there, we’ll guide you through the entire process of transitioning your loved one into a community—including helping with paperwork, gathering all the relevant information, and the logistics of moving your loved one from their home to the community. We are here to hold your hand every step of the way.
Decide On The Best Senior Housing Fit
After on-site visits to the senior facilities, we’ll be there to answer any follow-up questions that might come up. Once you are ready to make your decision, we’ll facilitate the move-in process with the community of your choice. And again, our service is completely free, there is no charge to work with a Senior Living Advisor.
Explore Home Care Options
At Senior Placement Group, we offer certified guidance every step of the way. We take the time to understand your situation, listening to your needs and preferences to ensure we find the best care solution for your loved one.
At Senior Placement Care, our Senior Living Advisors provide step-by-step guidance to find the best fit for your loved one’s unique situation. We are there for you and your family during the entire process and offer support and advice during the community selection phase to ensure the transition is seamless. Our services are always offered free of charge and are accessible to anyone in need of placement advice or assistance.