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Senior Living April 26, 2024

Common Questions About Residential Care Homes and Facilities

By: Country Meadows | Retirement Community

Seniors have many options when it comes to retirement community living. However, the terms can be confusing. Residential care homes and facilities generally refers to housing for seniors who need some daily assistance.

What types of care are offered at residential care homes and facilities?

Residential care facilities typically provide support with some activities of daily living. This includes help with bathing, dental and personal grooming assistance, help with dressing, laundry and housekeeping services and medication management. In Pennsylvania, this level of care is designated as personal care.

What licenses are required?

Licensing requirements vary depending upon the state. In Pennsylvania, residential care homes, known as personal care homes, must be licensed if they provide accommodations for 4 or more people needing personal care who are not related to the operator. Personal care homes have separate licensing and regulations from assisted living providers. In Maryland, personal care homes are covered under the assisted living licensure and regulations.

What happens when a spouse is at a different care level?

Many residential care facilities provide shared accommodations for couples. At Country Meadows, in many cases spouses with different care needs can live together and have their individual needs supported. One example is a couple living together in a secure dementia neighborhood. The wife receives significant care for her Alzheimer’s disease while the husband is able to live an independent lifestyle knowing she is safe.

Are there visiting hours in residential care homes and facilities?

At Country Meadows, every resident has private accommodations (unless they are sharing accommodations in a Friendship Suite). Guests may visit at any time as long as they are respectful of other residents and community operations.

How much does it cost to live in residential care homes or facilities?

According to the Genworth Financial 2023 Cost of Care Survey, the national median monthly rate for assisted living was $5,350 per month. Residential care facilities were included in this category. At Country Meadows, pricing varies by community, care level and apartment style selected.

Will Medicare pay for living expenses at residential care homes and facilities?

Medicare does not provide coverage for residential care. Private pay sources typically include Social Security benefits, savings, pensions and investments. Country Meadows has created a convenient tool to compare retirement community living costs with current living expenses as well as additional financial resources.

Comfortable senior living in Pennsylvania and Maryland

Country Meadows Retirement Communities offers independent living, assisted living and personal care, and memory support in neighborhood locations in Pennsylvania and in Frederick, Md. We have a vibrant community life and a wide range of amenities including professionally prepared meals, scheduled transportation and convenient housekeeping and laundry service.

Each community has a team of local experts to help answer questions you may have about Country Meadows, or senior living in general. Call our friendly co-workers to learn more or to schedule a tour today!


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