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Family Caregiver Support Network's Living Options provides information ranging from independent living through skilled nursing homes. The information is designed to assist individuals, caregivers and professionals who are seeking appropriate living accommodations.

This site is managed by the Family Caregiver Support Network program of Interfaith Older Adult Programs, Inc. and was made possible through an "Innovations in Communication Technology" grant from AT&T (formerly Ameritech) and the National Council on Aging.

Skilled Care

Nursing Homes, Health Care Centers and Subacute Care are skilled nursing facilities designed to meet the needs of persons convalescing from illness or surgery, or to provide long term care which is not appropriate for a hospital nor available through other alternatives.

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Hospice Care

Hospice Care When a person has an illness that is terminal with a prognosis of less than 6 months to live, hospice care may be recommended to the patient and family. Hospice care may be provided within a skilled care facility (nursing home), residential hospice, hospital or through care at home.

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Assisted Living

Residential Care Apartment Complex (RCACs or "Assisted Living Apartments") provides a private apartment which is at least 250 sq. ft. with access to not more than 28 hrs. per week of supportive, personal and nursing services.

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Community Based Residential Facilities (CBRF) provide supervision and supportive services to people unable to live independently but do not require nursing home services. The state allows individuals to receive up to 3 hours of nursing services per week. Most group homes specialize in a particular kind of care such as advanced age, Alzheimer's, or physical disabilities.

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Adult Family Homes provide a home like atmosphere for 1 to 4 adults 18 years or older who because of age, mental or physical disability can not live alone. Residents may receive care and treatment that may include up to 7 hours per week of nursing care per resident.

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Retirement Communities

Continuing Care Retirement Communities offer a contract or rental agreement that provides for long term, multiple levels of living options ranging from independent apartments / units and assisted / supportive forms of living to skilled nursing care. Needs are met in a familiar setting as one grows older. Some offer a "Life Care Contract".

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Living at Home

Adult Day Services (Adult Day Care) offers a day program that provides the elderly and other adults with supervision in daily activities, socialization for those feeling isolated at home, respite for their caregivers to relieve stress and provide support and nursing care for individuals with special needs. Adult day services may be an option to leaving home.

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Supportive Home Care offers the option to stay at home and bring in services. There are programs and services, public and private, designed to assist adults with disabilities and older adults to remain in their current living arrangement as long as it is a safe and healthy situation for the person.

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Apartments and other living units are for older adults and people with disabilities who want to maintain their independent lifestyles. Services and amenities may be provided by the facility or brought in from the community. Residents may age in place until needing more assisted or skilled care. Some subsidy may be available.

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Federally Subsidized Apartments (HUD) offer affordable rents to qualified lower income older adults and mobility impaired persons. In most communities residents pay approximately 30% of an adjusted (after medical bills) income for rent. "Senior Citizen" apartments require residents to be 62 years of age. "Nearly elderly" apartments are for 50 years of age. Persons with a mobility impairment including sight and hearing may be younger.

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