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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Lawyers Target Community Residential Care Homes
By Diane Morrow, LNHA, National Health Care Expert Witness
The terms “easy pickins” comes to mind when I think about the majority of community care and assisted living facilities out there, when it comes to being sued. Unfortunately, accidents do happen, people do get injured and both large and small care homes do get sued. That is why it is good to have insurance. Plaintiff’s lawyers can come after the care facility with a vengeance. I know, I am an Expert Witness and I have been involved in a lot of cases over the last 20 years. Both attorneys defending care facilities and attorneys suing care facilities have hired me.
There are attorneys that now specialize and target assisted living, residential care and community care homes. Unlike nursing homes, which usually have limits on how much you can sue for, community care home do not have limits in most states. These attorneys are making their living full time doing nothing but suing care facilities. What are they suing them for? There are two basic types of lawsuits. One is for breech of “duty of care.” The other type is labor lawsuits. Read More
By Diane Morrow, LNHA, National Health Care Expert Witness
What inspires you? What inspires the people that work for you? If you don’t know the answers, then that is something you need to find out. Management is defined as the art of getting things done by others.
In order to motivate yourself and others, you need to know what is important deep-down in the soul. An important part of motivating others is knowing what makes them tick.
With the shortage of personal care aides residential care, nursing homes and assisted living facilities face, you need to use all the tools you can muster to keep and recruit staff. Inspiration is a great tool. Psychologists have found people will take less pay if they feel their job is contributing to the betterment of humanity. Care aides really can make the world a better place for every resident they come in contact with. Read more
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