Small Assisted Living Homes
Many people don’t know about small assisted living homes, also called board and care homes or residential care homes.
One of the reasons is these are homes tucked into neighborhoods. We see large assisted living communities on our streets and in advertisements, so we’re familiar with these.
Larger assisted living communities are fine. We refer families to them regularly. And there are thousands of seniors living in assisted living communities throughout San Diego County, safely and happily.
But a larger assisted living community isn’t the most appropriate setting for all seniors. And this is where assisted living homes, or board and care homes, may fill that space.
In San Diego County we have hundreds of small assisted living homes.
A care home operates under the same license as larger assisted living communities – an RCFE (residential care facility for elderly).
This is a state license and the requirements for being inspected are the same for both – once a year.
And in recent years licensing has stepped up its enforcement of these small homes.
When Might Small Assisted Living Homes Be Appropriate?
Here are some important questions to consider:
- Is your loved one non-ambulatory?
- Is your loved one a fall risk?
- Does your loved one no longer take part in activities?
- Is your loved one’s budget limited?
- Could your loved one benefit from more one on one attention and care?
- Does your loved one have cognitive impairment?
- Is your loved one reaching end of life?
The decision where to place an elderly loved one rests solely in their own hands or in the hands of family members and/or alternate Powers of Attorney.
And ALL assisted livings, large or small, have the same license to care for seniors.
However, if your answer to all the questions above is YES, we believe it is wise for families to visit and compare 2-3 quality care homes with 2-3 care communities. If nothing else, this will give you peace of mind that you have chosen wisely.