When a family is looking for care for their elderly loved one, it is common for them to think there are just two options…either in-home care or an assisted living facility. While these choices may be excellent options for some seniors, an adult family home may provide a better alternative.
Washington’s adult family homes are usually limited to 6, but never more than 8 residents (patients). And with a small ratio of caregivers to residents it can be home-like without being alone, it can be more affordable, individualized and very personal. And the benefit of seeing the same caregivers every day is worth considering.
When narrowing the search and selecting the best adult family homes to tour, Assisted Living Options will select which home will meet the specific needs of your loved one and will carefully considers how the family will evaluate the quality of care, security and services at a particular home.
Assisted Living Options helps to simplify that job by first asking a lot of questions about your loved one’s physical abilities, diagnosis, preferences, medications, sleeping habits, and more.
Adult family homes all have their own personality. Some homes care for just women, or perhaps those who are more cognitively sharp or active. Some homes specialize in care for residents with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Other homes care for those who are impacted by development disabilities or their mental health. There are also some homes that have special certifications and licenses that can provide specific therapies and some skilled nursing services. Therefore, it is especially important to tour each home that is being considered to try to understand not only the level of care, but also the personality of the adult family home.
An assessment is required by law prior to being accepted in an adult family home. Assisted Living Options can recommend a registered nurse approved by the state to complete the assessment. The family can expect to pay the nurse directly for his/her time. Prices will vary from $3-700.