Adult family homes (AFH) are residential-style homes that accommodate a maximum of six senior residents at one time. They’re also known as adult care homes (ACH), adult foster homes, or residential care. Some are built expressly for the purpose, while others are retrofitted from existing homes to make sure they meet Washington state standards & requirements. As the name suggests, these adult family homes are made to replicate the comfort and environment of one’s own home.
The difference would be the existence of more advanced medical equipment depending on the residents’ needs, and medical staff such as live-in nurses or physicians who make occasional rounds and accept Medicare. Most homes accept Medicaid after a private pay criteria time frame is agreed upon with the senior and their family.
Adult family homes have the most flexibility in the amount of care offered, based on need. Some specialize in memory care, others focus on developmental disabilities, and other are simply a comfortable place with some like-minded peers and a nurse to remind you about your pills from time to time.