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What Is an Adult Family Home?

Adult Family Home

When it’s time to start thinking about senior care living options in Seattle for your older loved one, there are many options to consider. With independent living communities, assisted living communities, skilled nursing centers, and adult family homes, it can be difficult to know which one is best. The following information can help you decide if adult family homes are an appropriate choice for your older loved one.

About Adult Family Homes

An adult family home is a traditional-built house located in a residential neighborhood. This house may be licensed and regulated by the state, but not all of them are, which is important to consider. Adult family homes licensed and regulated by the state must abide by specific standards to ensure residents receive quality care.

Licensed adult family homes are inspected every 15 months to ensure compliance. The homeowners and staff must receive certifications and training annually on how to best care for residents.

Each adult family home can care for up to six (6) individuals.  

Services provided in adult family homes are typical of other senior living options.

  • Assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs)
  • Personal care, up to total care
  • Medication management
  • Laundry
  • Social services
  • 24/7 supervision
  • Activities

Provided services are based on individual needs and desires, and can range from basic support to more advanced medical care provided by nurses.

Why People Choose Adult Family Homes

People choose adult family homes because they prefer to live in a home like environment rather than in a facility. They enjoy being able to have their own room with a shared living room and kitchen. Some adult family homes have private bathrooms for residents, while others have a shared bathroom.

Another reason people choose adult family homes in Seattle is for home-cooked meals. Most Adult Family Homes cook their meals daily using fresh produce from your neighborhood grocery stores. For each meal different choices are always available. Food is always important, and the Adult Family Home care providers want to make sure nutritious, fresh, quality meals are part of the overall good services they’re offering.

The social aspect of an adult family home is another reason people choose it for their senior care. Residents spend a lot of time together, so they often become close and enjoy speaking to one another and engaging in different activities, in a home like environment. At leisure, non-structured social activities are happening throughout the day in a relaxed manner. The Adult Family Home care providers are initiating and offering activities in groups or 1:1 depending on their current resident’s levels or needs.

Adult Family Homes staff to resident’s ratio is very good, being able to provide more intimate, 24/7 care to their residents as well. As opposed to assisted living and nursing homes, residents receive more one-on-one care. This improves residents’ quality of life greatly. Help is always just a few steps away along with short distances to the dining room, common areas, activities, patio … etc.

Most of the senior-related conditions can be managed at Adult Family Homes, such as Dementia, Alzheimer’s or Developmental Disabilities. When looking for an Adult Family Home near you, be sure to ask what the staff specialize in to ensure they have the experience, skill, certification and knowledge to care for specific conditions.

The Cost of Adult Family Homes

The cost of Adult Family Homes in the Seattle area ranges from $4500 to $10000. Many factors affect the price of the home and its services.

  • Level of care provided based on the resident’s needs
  • If the resident is sleeping at night
  • If the resident has any behaviors
  • Location
  • House / Room size / with a view
  • Private room vs double occupancy room
  • Private room with shared of private bathroom
  • Specializations – Certifications
  • Licensed vs. unlicensed

When trying to find an adult family home near you for your loved one, consider the factors above to choose one that offers needed services and provides a comfortable place to live.

How to Find an Adult Family Home

A1 Senior Care Advisors can help you find an adult family home in the Greater Seattle area. Senior living specialists are ready to help you with the process of finding the right place for your older loved one for FREE. Call 425-324-5592 now to speak to someone about what your older loved one needs in senior living. Please visit www.A1SeniorCareAdvisors.com or take a look at our 5 STARS Google reviews.

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