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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Did you know that the Center of Disease Control reports over 36,000 people die of the flu each year? Colds and flu can take lives. Persons with weak immune systems are more susceptible. Antibiotics are not effective in treating virus type illnesses. If a person with a cold or flu gets a secondary bacterial infection, antibiotics can be used to treat that.
According to the National Institutes for Health’s Dr. Iacuzio, coughing and sneezing are the primary cause of spreading the virus, and infectious airborne particles can linger up to 3 hours in the air.
Dr. Iacuzio also says, “The lethargy, aches and fever are side effects of the body doing its job of trying to fight off the infection.” Caregivers need to educate themselves on the symptoms, aids and precautions to ensure the best care.
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Prevention – the best way to combat colds and the flu in your care facility is by preventing them in the first place. Flu vaccine shots have a higher success rate in preventing the flu, than not getting the shot. Flu shots need to be taken annually, however the person’s physician should be consulted before getting the shot. Some people who are allergic to eggs, or have certain illnesses should not get the shot. There is also a Pneumonia shot now available, which can prevent Pneumonia. Although flu vaccine is the best prevention, antiviral medications are also available through a prescription and are also used as a treatment during the first 48 hours of the illness.
OSHA requires employees to have an Exposure Control Plan and that plan automatically helps prevent the spread of all diseases and illnesses. Good housekeeping policies (see Housekeeping Universal Precautions), and extra cleaning of doorknobs, light switches, handrails, and chair arms will help prevent the transmission. Good Infection Control procedures are a must, as is following strict Handwashing Procedure. There are many ways viruses can spread therefore it is essential that all caregivers understand the Modes of Transmission. Be sure to change the air filters at least monthly.
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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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