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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Activity Department Safety Rules
Having a safe and secure environment for your residents/clients, visitors and staff to do activities is one of the most important responsibilities of the Activity Director. Safety considerations build confidence and security. Properly planned activities can help the resident(s) overcome the initial anxieties related to participating in activities.
The key to a successful activity program is to plan ahead, be informed and take safety precautions. By being prepared and having the information you need, your program can run efficiently and safely and you will find it will make a big difference in how well your residents respond.
All activity staff need to be properly trained in the duties and residents/clients assigned to them. No staff or volunteer should attempt to do a procedure without properly being trained first. Be sure there are job descriptions that describe the “DO’s and Don’ts” of job assignments.
A useful general policy for safety is to prevent accidents before they happen. Instead of just being more careful, think of ways to prevent problems and add them to this list as needed.
The Activity Director is responsible for making sure all places, areas and equipment used for activities are monitored and/or supervised by appropriate staff and/or volunteers.
The Activity Director shall review the safety rules listed below. He/she shall be responsible for making sure these rules are not broken.
- Always be aware of potential architectural barriers and potential hazards in the environment. On field trips, be sure to preview the place before bringing any residents. Avoid dimly lit areas. Always preview areas before the activity to make sure there are no tripping hazards and that unneeded items are cleared away. Then make sure the items necessary for the activity are appropriately set up and any extension cords or other trip hazards are out of harms way.
- Be sure to leave large open areas for walking or using wheelchairs. Make sure there is adequate room for safe mobility; don’t forget to take into account walkers, canes and wheelchairs making seating arrangements. Avoid steps, curbs, steep inclines, narrow or heavy doors, and bathrooms not equipped for persons with disabilities. Stairs are especially dangerous, for persons in wheelchairs and those with visual and mental impairments.
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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