Karen McPhail, RN, MSN
The Benefits of Personal Care Homes
Personal Care Homes provide seniors with a terrific option for enjoying a smaller, homelike environment with the added benefit of access to care and professional assistance when needed. More seniors want to remiain in their homes, but are unable to due to a lack of socialization, safety concerns, home structure, and care needs. The services offered in personal care homes are similar to those in a traditional assisted living facility - housekeeping, transportation, assistance with activities of daily living, medication management, recreation and activities, security and 24/7 access to care.
So what are the benefits of a personal care home:
Smaller, more homelike setting with a less clinical feel
Less residents (usually a maximum of 8)
More cost effective than a traditional assisted living or other senior care communities.
Higher staff to resident ratios, which leads to responsiveness and personalized care.
Fast admission process
Lack of need for furnishings which can be costly and take time.
More real life normalcy - as residents can be involved in daily home activities such as meal prep, shopping, etc.
Support and companionship for those who were living alone or who would like to remain at home, but require more support and care.
A great short term or respite solution especially for someone post surgery or hospitalization who requires a little more assistance after a rehab or hospital stay.
A personal care home is a terrific option to explore if seeking a more private, home like setting!