Board and Care Homes - Assisted Living Facilities - Residential Care Facilities for Elderly (RCFE)

What is a RCFE and the difference between a Board and Care Homes and Assisted Living Facilities?

RCFE is a Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly providing care, supervision and assistance with activities of daily living, such as bathing and grooming. They may also provide incidental medical services under special care plans.

The facilities provide services to persons 60 years of age and over and persons under 60 with compatible needs. RCFEs may also be known as assisted living facilities, retirement homes and board and care homes. The facilities can range in size from six beds or less to over 100 beds. The residents in these facilities require varying levels of personal care and protective supervision. Because of the wide range of services offered by RCFEs, consumers should look closely at the programs of each facility to see if the services will meet their needs.

Board and Care Homes

A board and care home are typically smaller in a home with six beds or less in a residential area. They provide a living arrangement in a room for people with special needs, help with daily living such as bathing, dressing, cooking, cleaning, laundry, taking medication, and provide activities giving the residents a chance to socialize, do a little shopping and feel more like being at home with 24 hour supervision.

Assisted Living Facilities

An assisted living facility likewise is usually large, more commercialized and can have up to 100 beds or more. Different level of care are available but the level of care are typically less than a board and care facility with nurses to help with basic things.

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