Types of Community Care Facilities
Housing arrangements providing non-medical services to seniors are known under several names. The terms used to describe the Residential Assisted Living industry varies from state to state, but it is commonly referred to as “assisted care,” “residential care,” or “assisted living.” Community Care Facilities provide services to vulnerable residents such as frail elderly, developmentally disabled, mentally ill, trouble teens, and others. Small Entrepreneurs to very large corporations own and operate facilities to provide care and services to these individuals.
These businesses maybe private-for-profit or non-profit and may be called by many names including: Assisted Living Facility, Adult Congregate Care, Residential Care, Personal Care Home, Residential Care Facility for the Elderly, Homes for the Aged, Domiciliary Care Homes, Adult Day Care Facility, Adult Residential Facility and others.
RCFs and ALFs form a major component of the nation's long-term care delivery system. The terms most used nationwide are Residential Care Facility and Assisted Living Facility. When used on this website Residential Care Facility (RCF) will basically refer to facilities which provide private rooms, or shared rooms, and community accommodations for dining and living rooms.
Assisted Living Facility (ALF) usually refers to the facilities in which the residents have individual apartments often with a kitchen and living room. Many Assisted Living Facilities have been converted from Retirement Communities due to the resident's "aging in place." Rather than lose these "aging in place residents", the retirement home will obtain a license and make the necessary structural changes needed to provide care services.
Both types of facilities, RCFs and ALFs, can provide the same degree of care services.
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By Diane Morrow, LNHA
All types of care facilities need to have worker’s compensation. Currently 26 states have Worker’s Compensation programs that meet the federal recommendations. Almost every state has some form of Worker’s Compensation; commonly know as “Worker’s Comp”. Workers’ compensation was a critical problem in 2004, according to the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB).
Individuals injured on the job while employed can file a claim to their state workers' compensation board. Workers Compensation is insurance that employers carry to cover medical expenses, pay for lost wages and other work related injury costs. It is a safety net in a way for the employer by setting money limits on claims. The amounts established by the state worker’s compensation law, are paid as benefits to approved claimants for specific injuries. See Workman Compensation Benefits - Sample Guide for Employees.
Years ago the residential care assisted living industry was paying the same rate as nursing homes for workers compensation insurance. Then a new group category was established for residential care facilities. Those in the residential care assisted living industry felt it a significant victory at the time, since nursing homes had a much higher rate. Unfortunately, in this day and age many residential care assisted living facilities rates are higher than nursing homes. Read more
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