Community-Based Care for Older Adults

Residential care homes provide community-based care for older adults who need some daily assistance but not nursing home level services. Such homes provide a private or semiprivate room, furnishings, food and laundry in a communal living environment as well as services like assistance with personal care, supervision of medication and some monitoring. Social and recreational activities are also available for residents.

These facilities are also known as board and care homes, homes for the aged or personal care homes.

The homes, licensed by the Connecticut Department of Public Health, are not required to have nursing or medical services.

Learn More: Residents of nursing homes, assisted living and residential care homes can visit the CT Long Term Care Ombudsman Program for additional information.

Eligibility Criteria

Each residential care home may establish eligibility requirements such as minimum age.

Services and Fees

Residential care homes must provide the following services:

  • Housekeeping, laundry and three meals a day
  • Emergency call systems
  • Recreational activities and
  • 24-hour supervision

Staff may also provide supervision or assistance with self-administered medication, simple chores and Activities of Daily Living (ADL) such as bathing, dressing, grooming and mobility.

Some homes may have a nurse available, while others may assist residents in arranging for community-based services. Residential care homes may also offer respite care services.

Residents pay monthly fees that vary by the community and the type of room chosen. Some communities allow residents to use government assistance to pay for their care.

Financial Options for Residential Care Homes

Private Pay:
Private pay refers to using personal funds to cover all or a portion of an expense. There are different ways to acquire private pay resources.

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