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Board and care homes (also called residential care facilities) are small,
private residential facilities. This group living arrangement provides
a basic room (often in shared rather than private accommodations), meals,
and help with money management, setting up health care and other
appointments, and/or reminders to take medications for people who can’t
live on their own but don’t need nursing home services. It is sometimes
called a group home. These homes tend to have 20 or fewer residents and
may not be appropriate for individuals who need the level of care
available in a nursing home, since nursing and medical attention are
usually not provided on the premises.
In some cases, private long-term care insurance and certain other types
of assistance programs may help pay for this type of living arrangement.
Many of these homes don’t receive payment from Medicare or Medicaid and
aren’t strictly monitored. The rates charged by board and care homes
and what services those rates include vary by state and sometimes by
You can also visit the
Eldercare Locator website
or call their toll-free number at
to find out if this long-term care choice is available in your area, and,
if so, you can find out specific rates charged and services provided by the
board and care homes in your area.