Residential care homes are referred to by a variety of different names, including adult care homes, residential care facilities or communities, personal care homes and care homes. Care homes are residential facilities that provide individualized service to small groups of older adults. These adult care homes provide housing, dining services, medication management and administration, and assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs). These types of care homes typically provide a level of care and supervision for seniors who are unable to live by themselves but who do not need 24-hour nursing care. They are considered non-medical facilities and are not required to have a full medical staff, although some employ registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, certified nursing assistants or healthcare aides as a precaution.
Residential care homes provide older adults with supervised care, meals, activities and health management services. Services provided at an adult care home may differ from state to state due to licensing regulations, but generally include the following: