Alternatives to Assisted Living Facilities

There are alternative service providers to assisted living facilities, and they are described below.

Adult Day Care Centers

Adult Day Care Centers provide programs and services for adults who need a protective setting during the day. Participants live in their own homes, which can be a private home, assisted living facility, adult family care home, or another type of group home, and come to the day care center during specific hours of the day.

An adult day care center can be a freestanding program or services can be offered through a nursing home, assisted living facility, or hospital.

The basic services include, but are not limited to:

  • -Leisure and social activities
  • -Self-care training
  • -Nutritional meals
  • -A place to rest
  • -Respite care (temporary supervision of an adult, giving relief to the primary caregiver)

A center might choose to offer additional services such as health assessments; counseling; speech, physical and occupational therapy; modified diets; transportation; and referrals for follow-up services. If you need these types of services, ask the adult day care center if they are provided.

Adult Family Care Homes

Adult family care homes provide full-time, family-type living in a private home for up to five elderly persons or adults with a disability, who are not related to the owner. The resident may have their own room or may share with another person. The owner lives in the same house as the residents.

The basic services include, but are not limited to:

  • -Housing and nutritional meals
  • -Personal care (help with bathing, dressing, eating, walking, physical transfer)
  • -Medication assistance (by a nurse employed at the home or arranged by contract) or help residents give themselves medications
  • -Resident supervision
  • -Health care services arrangement
  • -Transportation services arrangement
  • -Health monitoring
  • -Social and leisure activities

A resident can also contract with a licensed home health care provider for nursing and other health care services, as long as the resident continues to meet the requirements to reside in an adult family care home.