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.
REGULATORY COMPLIANCE and CARE STANDARDS
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Hiring New Employees
All types of care facilities hire staff. Hiring new employees can be tricky and whom ever does the hiring must be sure to understand the do’s and don’ts otherwise the care facility can be sued. The most common lawsuits pertaining to hiring new employees relate to:
- Discrimination related to age, race, religion, sexual orientation, marital status, or disability.
- Hiring illegal immigrants
- Breaching the applicant’s privacy rights
- Making promises that are not kept
You cannot ask or prompt questions about number one listed above however, the applicant may volunteer the information without you asking and that is ok. For example, you are allowed to say: “Tell me about yourself.” The applicant might say something like, “I am married, have 4 kids, I go to church on Saturday, I’m 42 years old, I don’t currently have a car but I am getting one soon, and I take medication for my blood pressure.”
The applicant may have told you a lot of information, but remember that you cannot discriminate against her for these things since you are not allowed to ask if they are married, have kids, go to church, have a car or take any medication. However, if they volunteered the information then you have done no wrong as long as you don’t discriminate against them for their answers. You may find another applicant was better suited for the position and that is ok. You can discriminate against someone if you don’t like their personality.
DO NOT ASK ABOUT:
- Religious beliefs
- Disabilities – Do not ask if they have any physical disabilities that would prevent them from doing the job. Read more
Referral Agencies – The Paying Truth
By Diane Morrow, LNHA
Referral agencies have been around a long time. Unfortunately there are referral agencies that take advantage of providers and sometimes the consumers (persons to be placed) for the love of money.
So what is the low down on referral agencies? There are basically two main types of referral agencies. The for-profit type usually deals with private pay elderly care placements, and the other type is usually ran by a non-profit or state agency and deals with consumers on government funds.
The problems associated with the For-Profit agencies can include but are not limited to:
Doubling the Fees
- Not Knowing Enough About The Consumer’s Health Condition to help find proper placement.
- Not Knowing Enough About The Care Facility they are sending the consumer to; the referral agency could easily send someone to a care facility that provides sub-standard care.
- Referring Only To The Care Facilities That Pay Large Referral Fees; and referring to the care facilities that pay them the fastest. Often times the fee is the first month’s rent or a large portion thereof which is around $1500 to $5000.
- Once a referral is made and the resident is placed, checking up on the resident to see if they are happy and if not they quickly assist them into moving to another facility, so they can earn another referral fee. Read More
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