A Board and Care Home, also known as a Residential Care Home, is a house in a residential neighborhood that has been converted into a facility that provides supportive care for seniors who are safer being in a small group living environment. The majority of Board and Care Homes for seniors have 6 residents or fewer, although some can accommodate up to 20 residents. In most states, like California, these homes are licensed by the state, and licensing requirements include regular visits and inspections by state authorities (Licensing requirements do vary state by state).
Since Board and Care Homes provide a higher level of care than an Assisted Living Community, with a much smaller staff-to-patient ratio, the ideal Board and Care candidate is someone who requires a great deal of supervision and attention to the basics of daily living. Often, seniors find themselves transitioning out of an Assisted Living Community into a Board and Care Home when they and their families learn that the former can no longer meet their needs because their fall risk has increased, their mobility has become more limited, or they are approaching the end of life. If a senior is still fairly independent and is very social and likes to make lots of friends, they may not be a good match for a Board and Care Home. However, some folks dislike the large, institutional feel of an Assisted Living Community and feel more secure in a smaller, cozier setting.
There are a few noteworthy differences between life in a Board and Care Home and an Assisted Living Community. Instead of an apartment or hotel type setting, a Board and Care Home provides a family-like atmosphere, and residents live in shared or private bedrooms rather than studios or apartments. Often, bathrooms are shared, although some rooms do have their own private bathrooms. Another difference is that the level of activities, outings and amenities at an Assisted Living Community are not usually provided at a Board and Care Home, although many homes do offer activities like group music sessions or arts and crafts. Some homes also offer 24-hour “awake staff” for residents who are in need of around-the-clock care. Board and Care Homes, like Assisted Living Communities, will offer the following types of support:
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A Residential Care Home, also known as a Board and Care Home, is a house in a residential neighborhood that has been licensed to provide supportive care for seniors who need to be in a small group living environment due to their level of care requirement. Board and Care Homes have anywhere from 6 to 20 residents, living in either shared or private bedrooms, with shared kitchens, common areas, and bathrooms (some private rooms do have their own bathrooms). Residents will receive one on one help with activities of daily living with the benefit of a much smaller caregiver-to-patient ratio than an Assisted Living Community.Learn More
Call to speak with a Senior Care Advisor, who will complete an over-the-phone consultation with you to help us understand your physical, financial and geographic needs.
We will explain the various Senior Living and Care options available to you, and match you with the options that best meet your needs and preferences.
On our complimentary guided tours, a Senior Care Advisor will personally drive you to the senior living options that you select. All senior living communities have been pre-screened and evaluated by Placement Helpers to ensure a high quality of care.
We will be in touch with you throughout the entire process, helping you with any questions or concerns you may have, and can speak with communities on your behalf. Once you or your loved one has moved in, we will follow up with you to make sure you are highly satisfied with your new community.