Benefits of Residential Care Homes
Updated: Sep 13
When it comes to senior living, you have choices. Fortunately, the senior living industry has come a long way over the past 20 years, giving older adults more options when it comes to where to live and how much support to receive. Currently, adults have a choice between common senior living solutions: independent living, assisted living, memory care, residential care, and skilled nursing.
For those looking for a home-like environment with more opportunities to form meaningful relationships with others, residential care might be the ideal choice.
What are Residential Care Homes?
When most people think of senior living, they think of large apartment buildings or sprawling campuses packed with residents. However, residential care homes offer a quieter alternative for seniors who might prefer a cozier environment.
Residential care homes typically serve fewer than 12 residents in one home, however, most serve fewer than 8. Each resident has a bedroom, either private or shared, and access to the home’s living spaces. You’ll find a living room, kitchen, dining room, and outdoor patio space in most residential care homes.
Residents receive personalized support from caregivers in residential care, similar to assisted living. They also receive three meals per day and access to activities or events held in the home.
Benefits of Residential Care
Residential care can sometimes be compared to assisted living, because both of the senior living solutions offer hands-on assistance with activities of daily living as needed by each resident. However, residential care provides a smaller, more intimate, and less stimulating environment which can bring plenty of benefits.
Fewer neighbors can make it less intimidating to move in and begin to get to know everyone.
Caregivers only care for a small number of residents. This allows attention to detail as well as the opportunity to form more meaningful relationships.
Staff can cater to residents’ personalized tastes and preferences more than in a larger community.
Family members are often more involved in a residential care home setting.
Residential care can often accommodate a higher level of care or support, working with vetted in-home care agencies.
Aging in place can be easier in a residential care home than in other types of senior living communities.
Residents can feel more at home and comfortable in a residential neighborhood.
Making Your Best Decision
So, which senior living solution is best for you or your loved one? It depends on what type of care is needed, budget, and preferences for a homelike environment. Residential care fits the bill for many seniors, especially those who need daily assistance but prefer a smaller environment where it is easier to cultivate friendships.
The team at iNavigate can help you sift through your choices and make your best decision. Contact us to schedule your free assessment today and to learn more about our free-to-you services.
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