What is Residential Assisted Living?

Residential assisted living homes provide room, board, and care much like larger assisted living facilities but in a smaller, more personal setting. In contrast to traditional assisted living facilities which typically offer apartment style arrangements for more independent seniors, residential assisted living homes specialize in more hands-on care and personal attention. As with other care communities, the level of care and focus varies with the resident’s needs, but providers specialize by design and staffing to assist people that may no longer be able to safely live at home, but who do not need or prefer more institutional settings.  Often Residential assisted living homes provide services to seniors with Alzheimer’s Disease, Dementia, Parkinson’s, and those with physical limitations which require assistance.

Residential settings promote relationships between caregivers and residents, and between the families of residents.  While not a nursing home, residents may receive the benefits of home health nursing care, therapy and hospice care while living in a residential assisted living home.  By offering continuity and avoiding multiple moves, residents and their families enjoy reduced stress and improved quality of life. 

Most residential assisted living homes provide family-style meals, supervision, assistance with medications, social activities and assistance with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs). Many providers simplify the fee schedule and offer an all-inclusive monthly rate which is often less expensive than traditional billing arrangements which charge a base rate which increases as additional services are provided.