Benifits of Group Homes

Benefits of Residedtial Care Homes/Group Homes

Residential Care Homes (RCH’s) are small single family homes that provide an array of care and services to the residents who reside in them.  RCH’s have varying numbers of residents, some have only 2 residents and are known as Homes for Individual Residential Care (HIRC) and others have anywhere form 3-10 residents based on the size and accommodations of the home.  In general, Residential Care Homes have no more than 10 residents. 

Residential Care Homes are overseen by the bureau of health care quality and compliance (BHCQC) and are licensed under Residential facilities for Groups (RFFG’s) which include both Residential Care Homes (RHC’s) and Assisted Living Facilities (ALF’s).  In general, both follow the same set of rules and regulations and are surveyed and inspected annually and more frequently if indicated. Each Residential Care Homes’ survey grade can be found on the BHCQC or DPBH web site.

Currently, RCH’s fall under two categories.  Category 1 or Category 2.  Category 1 homes allow for residents who are more independent and need less personal assistance with evacuation in the event of an emergency.  Category 2 homes allow for residents who are less independent and require more personal assistance with evacuation in the event of an emergency.  Alzheimer’s or Dementia residents require a Category 2 home and an additional Dementia Endorsement.  Other endorsements that RCH’s may have are Chronic Illness or Mental Illness.  

Residential Care Homes (RCH’s) are the most cost effective when compared to other care options like Assisted Living, Adult Day Care and private In-Home Care. There are a wide range of homes with varied price points to meet a variety of financial, social and emotional needs.  Some offer 24hr care and service for as little as $1,500 per month and others at the higher end of the spectrum at $3,500 - $5,500 per month.  Most RCH’s utilize an inclusive billing system and don’t have a lot of add-on’s or up charges in the monthly service fee.  They provide personal care services (assistance with bathing, dressing, incontinence care), medication management, meals, laundry, housekeeping, daily activities and in many cases assistance with arranging and transporting to medical appointments, all in one fixed monthly fee.

In general, these services and assistance with personal care is considered “custodial” type care and is not covered by medical insurance like Medicare or Medicare HMO’s.  However, there are a limited number of RCH’s that do accept low income Medicaid waivers through state funded programs but they are usually full because the demand is very high. In most cases senior and disabled custodial type care is private pay.  

Residential Care Homes are different from Assisted Living Facilities or Nursing Homes is that they are small (10 residents or fewer) and are usually better able to provide more personalized, family type care at a more reasonable cost.