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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Retention Rates - Keeping Your Residents
By Diane Morrow, LNHA
Resident Care Facilities for the Elderly, Developmentally Disabled and Mentally Ill should focus more on resident retention during these hard times.
Keeping residents is even more important than recruiting new ones considering research indicates that it’s 5 to 7 times more expensive to find a new resident than it is to keep your current residents.
In the United Kingdom the average length of stay for a resident in a residential care facility is 18 months to 2 years. In Australia “...of those who enter, women will stay 3.5 years, whereas men will stay for 2.3 years. In American nursing homes, the 1999 average was 2.5 years. I researched this issue 15 years ago, and the average was 2 to 3 years in residential care facilities in United States. When I conducted my own Resident Retention Review and audited my own 49-bed care facility, the average stay was 5 years.
The reasons why residents leave can vary, common reasons are the need for a higher level of care, the family moved or wanted a better location, they are unhappy with the services, dislike of another resident, or they like another facility better.
It’s up to the Administrator to ensure his/her residents are happy, healthy and safe (see Leadership Completely Makes the Difference). It is also up to the staff to see that the resident’s needs are being met. If they understand they have a vested interest – for example if the facility stays full you can pay them higher wages or get them medical benefits.
Keeping an “Open Door Policy”, will help you ensure your residents tell you when they have a problem, so that you can have a chance to fix it and make them happy (see Follow Up - Stay in Touch). Greet each resident with a warm hello each time you see him or her (see Greeting Audit). Read More
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