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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Residential Care Assisted Living Going Green
By Diane Morrow, LNHA
By now we have all heard of "going green". Going green means reducing our impact on the environment by adopting ways that are ecologically sound, economically viable, socially just, and humane.
These practices can save us money and time while reducing wastes and CO2 emissions.
There are ways Assisting Living Residential Care Facilities can make a difference. Be the first in your area to go green and get some free publicity out of it by letting you local news find out what your are doing.
If we all start doing our part we really can slow down and reduce the impact on our environment. Global warming has been tied to the glaciers melting and weather disasters, but there are other problems the CO2 emissions are causing like health problems for those with respiratory problems.
Animals and plants around the world continued to disappear at an alarming rate. Watch the "Red List" video of endangered species include apes, corals, vultures, and dolphins. Living green can also improve our health and overall quality of life.
Living green is a choice and commitment. It takes a little bit to get use to, but once you establish new methods of doing things, you wonâ??t regret it. When you have a care home business, itâ??s a little bit different than going green at home. For instance, in your own home, you can turn down the heat, or not use the air conditioner in the summer.
In a care home you canâ??t do that because of the state laws and the residentsâ?? sensitivity to climates. What can you do? Use compact fluorescent lighting, gas saving cars, recycle, use energy efficient appliances and non-toxic cleaners, reduce your energy use and avoid disposable appliances.
For more information Check Out Going Green – Part Two
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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