Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly

Just like there are many different housing options for every individual, such as home, apartment, duplex, etc., there are many different options for senior citizens. And because there are so many living options for elderly citizens, you need to make sure you are making the right choice that will suit your individual needs. One of these many living options is Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly or RCFE’s.

RCFE’s are facilities that are offered to individuals who are 60 years or older. They provide all the amenities of basic living facilities, such as housekeeping and living quarters, along additional, more in depth assistance. These additional services include basic grooming, food preparation and eating, and mobility exercises such as walks.

Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly also have immediate availability to medication for their residents who require daily prescriptions. They do not, however, staff medical experts, so there are no nurses or medical technicians on call for the residents. Because of this lack of medical staff, there are individuals who may be better suited to remain at home. While a nursing home is another option, it may not be the best option for an individual considering RCFEs because of their ability and desire to remain living independently.

Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly are often times confused and/or compared to assisted living facilities. While there are many similarities between the two, such as both of them being situated in an apartment like setting, there are obviously differences which set them apart. The most prominent difference is that with assisted living facilities, residents are given their own private living quarters, while residents of RCFEs share their room with another resident.

Because financing for RCFE’s is either not available to individuals or is only offered in small amounts, financial costs for RCFEs mainly fall on the shoulders of family members of the senior who resides at the facility. Insurance covers only small amounts of these living costs, and Medicare and Medicaid do not cover any. While public funding is an option, it is in its early stages and is not capable of providing any large amounts of financial assistance.

As stated earlier, there are many different options when it comes to living arrangements for seniors. Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly is just one option for individuals who make the choice to remain living as independently as they are able to. Every individual needs to assess their own personal needs, such as medication distribution and aid in daily tasks, when it comes to making the decision as to which living arrangement is best suited for them.

Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly are able to assist in the residency aspect by allowing seniors to continue living an independent life. It is through facilities such as these that seniors are reminded they have so much life left to live and so much they can still give to those around them. Individuals do not become less important or beneficial to their friends and families simply because they age. In fact, they are able to provide years of wisdom and experience that help in providing words of wisdom to younger generations.

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