Assisted Living versus Board and Care Homes

14 April 2015 Assisted Living

Bethany Home is a state-licensed Elderly Assisted Living Facility. As the elderly care industry has many names and categories under which our services fall, here is a brief overview so that you understand what Bethany Homes can provide for your loved-one.

The main difference between an Assisted Living Community and a Board and Care Home or Residential Care Facility for the Elderly (RCFE) is most often their size. Assisted Living Facilities tend to be larger and Board and Care Homes are usually smaller, providing care for usually 6 residents, in a non-institutional, residential home setting. Although both Assisted Living and Board and Care Homes provide the same assistance with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs), residents in the smaller Board and Care Homes benefit from having better staff-to-resident ratios than larger facilities. As a result, it is usual for the elderly to move from a larger Assisted Living environment to a smaller board and care home as their care level increases and they need more personal attention and assistance with activities of daily living.

So where does Bethany Homes fit in? Although Bethany Homes is an assisted living community, it is made up of smaller board and care home locations located throughout Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. Each location is a residential care home specifically designed to meet the needs of the elderly, without the feel of a large institutional setting. As a result, each of our residents benefit from the resources of a larger Assisted Living Community but also the attention to detail and familiarity that comes with each smaller location.