How is a small residential care home different from large Assisted living facilities?

When compared to larger assisted living complexes, there are distinguishing benefits for small 4-8 bed facilities. These small facilities are Board and Care facilities (also called Residential care homes) and these benefits take the form of issues such as as logistical operation of business in elder care, staff policies, personal attention given to resident, and cost.

Like large assisted living facilities, residential care homes are subjected to state licensing laws, and are held to recognized standards of care because of the government’s regulation.

Residential care homes can also provide a continuous monitoring of health conditions such as hospice, bedridden, dementia, post-stroke condition, or those with related memory problems.

In residential care homes, residents see the caregiver when they wake up, and the caregivers are the last ones the residents see before sleeping. This creates a family atmosphere and provides sense of security for the residents. At The Lovettsville Home, we create a more intimate nurturing setting, forming more personal connections.

The larger the facility, the less personalized and less suited it is for the dementia resident. With the hotel-style living, the resident’s awareness level needs to be high in order to remember the floor, the wing, and his or her room number. Larger facilities require seniors to be capable of getting to the dining hall for meals, and be independent in most activities.

Residential care homes often provide more services for residents. At The Lovettsville Home, we assist all residents with dressing, bathing, showering, toileting, transferring, walking, and getting around. The ratio of caregivers to residents is much higher than that of larger assisted living or nursing homes.

Larger facilities cost, on average, much higher than small residential assisted living facilities due to lot of overhead costs, for which residents end up paying.

Moving to a small residential care home eases this transition. At The Lovettsville Home, we keep 6-8 residents who live not as neighbors, but as family members. This advantage is taken from the feeling of living in a home rather than in a hotel-style facility. The home-like environment with a bedroom, kitchen, bathroom and living room that is similar to their own home makes it a lot easier to continue their daily function as they would have stay in their own home. At our home, we even evaluate emotional symptoms and provide psychological counseling to residents and their family during this beginning phase of their resettlement by their physician.

Some people eat to live. Others live to eat. Those in the first group regard food as fuel; those in the second group know better than that. Good food has always offered people much more than just calories, fat, carbohydrates, and protein. At it’s best, food nourishes us — body and soul. At The Lovettesville Home, we serve 3 delicious, home-made, and nutritious meals every day.

Reacting to case reports of actual starvation among nursing home residents, the government has established significant penalties for facilities that allow residents to lose weight “unexpectedly”. As a result, nursing homes struggle constantly to increase the dietary intake of their residents and they also do not enough caregivers to feeding residents who needs to feed.

We strongly believe our small facility is the best option for people who are looking for very personal care, personal attention and quality care at a family-style setting.