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What is a Residential Care Facility?

Many residential care facilities are designed for elderly people who do not need 24-hour nursing care but are unable to live independently. Such facilities may be described as assisted living facilities, board and care homes, or rest homes. They can be in a residential care facility (non-commercial) setting, providing the look and feel of still living at home. They typically provide a furnished or unfurnished room, together with all meals and housekeeping and laundry service.

Depending on the needs of the resident they also provide assistance with activities of daily living such as personal hygiene, dressing, eating, and walking. They are not considered to be medical facilities, but most have to meet state standards for care and safety. When considering a residential care home, check your state standards for licensure.

Adult family homes are run by all kinds of individuals, from registered nurses to recent immigrants. Sometimes the homeowner lives in the facility, while others are run like a business with shifts of caregivers. They usually have nursing oversight, but the nurse may not always be onsite. It is important to visit several homes to compare and contrast to find the best fit for your loved ones individual needs and preferences to provide elder care.

Residential care homes frequently have a better price tag then most assisted living facilities and can be a significant difference from skilled nursing care. Often times the resident can pay less if they agree to share a room with another resident.

From a personal note, we used a care home in Houston for my mother and I know of many good care homes in Dallas as well. In Texas, the non-profit organization TORCH, is a professional group that provides trainings in elder care, dementia care, etc for their members. Elderly care in Houston, for instance, has their own branch of this organization in which they hold monthly educational events for their members.

Residential Care Home

The residential care home setting generally will offer many of the same services of an assisted living facility, although usually on a smaller scale. Generally, they will serve between 3-12 residents. Uniformity is complicated as each state license them (if at all) differently. For instance, if a residential care facilities in Texas is licensed, it is an assisted living with a minimum of 3 residents. Care homes can also be unlicensed, but they must not exceed 3 residents. A consumer who chooses an unlicensed care home should be very careful. Cypress Trio does not display care homes that are unlicensed. Cypress Trio display licensed Elderly care , for instance you can check for care homes Dallas, care homes Houston and other licensed Elderly care homes in different major market locations.

That being said, licensed residential care facilities can be a wonder solution for the senior that wants a residential setting versus a commercial setting.


Right At Home

8323 Southwest Freeway Suite 425, Houston, TX 77074

Right at Home Metro Houston is THE best! The caregivers they sent to my mom and dad were very respectful, knowledgeable and caring. We absolutely recommend them for families in need of honest, caring, reliable caregivers. Karen consistently called to check up on us and ensure that mom and dad had everything they needed.....they became a part of the family!

by J. C


Vita Living Inc

3300 South Gessner Suite 150, Houston, TX 77063

Assist patient with daily needs such as bathing,cooking, errands ,personal hygiene, and grooming. Management was very hands on with all patients and employees. I enjoyed helping the patient and assuring them I was there to assist them with anything they needed

by Caregiver