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Choosing a Long-term Care Setting: Facility Types - Review the Choices

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 Adult Day Care Services provide:

  • Respite services for care givers
  • Social, recreational and health services
  • Meals and care services in a community setting
  • Protective setting for individuals who cannot be left alone 

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Adult Foster Homes provide:

  • Personal and health care to individuals in a home like setting
  • One on one attention with no more than five individuals in each home
  • Affordable care services

All adult foster home providers and primary caregivers must:

  • Pass a criminal record check
  • Complete a basic training course and pass an exam
  • Be physically and mentally able to provide care
  • Provide care in a home that meets structural and safety requirements

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Alzheimer's Care Units provide:

  • Specialized care settings for individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease or other forms of dementia

Structural requirements in an Alzheimer's-endorsed setting

  • A secure building that alerts staff if a resident has exited
  • A secure outdoor area that provides outdoor freedom safely
  • Interior finishes that are non-glare and well lit
  • Visual contrasts between floors, walls and doorways

Program Requirements

In addition to providing the services required in our other licensed settings, Alzheimer's units must also have programs, which include: 

  • Gross motor activities
  • Self-care activities
  • Social activities
  • Crafts
  • Sensory enhancement activities
  • Outdoor activities

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 Assisted Living Facilities provide:

  • Housing and support services for six or more residents
  • Private apartments ranging from a studio to one or two bedrooms
  • Kitchenette and private ADA bathrooms
  • Allows individuals to direct their own care
  • Ideal for those who wish to remain as independent as possible

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Continuing Care Retirement Communities

Includes multiple care settings options such as:

  • Independent living residences
  • Assisted Living Facilities
  • Residential Care Facilities
  • Nursing Facilities

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Nursing Facilities provide:

  • Nursing care on a 24-hour basis
  • On-site physical rehabilitation
  • Recuperation after hospitalization for serious illness or surgery
  • Restorative services
  • End-of-life care
  • Protective and structured setting
  • Most residents do have to share their room

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Residential Care provide:

  • Provide housing and support services for six or more residents
  • Shared and private rooms
  • Many provide specialized services for individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease or Dementia

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Respite Care

  • Temporary relief to family and other caregivers
  • Companionship, light assistance, recreational activities
  • Care provided in individual’s home, out of home in a group setting, or overnight in a residential setting

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Retirement Homes/ Complexes/ Communities

  • For people who desire to and are able to live independently, but do not want to maintain a home
  • A community with others of the same age and with similar interests

The Department of Human Services, Seniors and People with Disabilities does not regulate or license retirement communities.

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