A residential care home is typically a single family home that is located within a local neighborhood. The facility is used to care for seniors in a non-medical care situation offering custodial care for individuals that do not need medical care readily available. The care home may house as few as two seniors and as many as ten seniors based on the local laws and regulations. The facilities offer individuals a living situation that provides them with assistance when needed with things such as laundry, housekeeping and transportation.

Levels of Care

Each resident will have a different level of care needs and the residential care home will provide them with those that are needed. They might provide individuals with help with their daily activities including toileting, bathing, health care management, medication reminders and in some cases money management. Others offer only the basics and assistance when requested with things like telephone calls to various government agencies and scheduling needs.

Living Situation

In most facilities the resident will live either in a shared room or a private room. The facility will provide meals in most cases. This could include barbequing on a back porch or a big meal in the dining room. This gives the individual the chance to enjoy the company of the others in a social setting and provides them with someone to help them when they need assistance. Some homes have a garden and areas that the seniors can enjoy throughout the year. The goal is to provide the seniors with a living situation that gives them quality of life while offering them a helping hand with some of the basics that are becoming more challenging for them.


The cost for living in a residential care home varies greatly because every home is so different and the services provided vary so much. The cost could be anywhere from $3500 to $4500 monthly for minimal care. Much larger and more elegant homes with greater services and assistance charge as much as $6000 monthly. These often specialize in things like Alzheimer's and dementia care and required a great deal more care on the day to day level for residents. The cost for these facilities may be at least partially covered by Medicaid or other medical coverage that you have. Additionally, there may be some other sources for funding available in your local community and talking to the facility administrator could lead you to some of these sources.


In some cases you may be able to visit the facilities that you are considering with your senior family member. This would have to be scheduled carefully because there are some privacy issues for residents that need to be taken care of. Contact the potential facilities regarding whether you could do this or not and see what the facility has to offer your loved one. You can also find information about many of the facilities online and share this with your loved one to see which they are most interested in. Making a list of the services that your loved one can benefit from is a good way to make sure you choose the right facility.