A CBRF provides housing for mature adults including a personal apartment (usually a studio apartment), meals, utilities, laundry, housekeeping, maintenance and personal assistance with activities of daily living including but not limited to: dressing, medication administration, and monitoring, bathing, walking and transferring, incontinence management, etc.
Many communities offer assistance with chronic conditions such as Diabetes, Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and dementia. Staff are generally available and awake to serve residents 24 hours per day and staffing to resident ratios are often greater than those found in RCAC’s, where residents are more independent and less in need of personal assistance. Residents of CBRF’s have the opportunity to participate in social settings and scheduled daily activities. Each Community offers different services, so it is important when visiting communities to ask for a list of the services provided. Remember to consider what is important now and what may become important during the aging process.
CBRF’s generally care for residents from the time of admission through the end of life. Ask what types of cares a community will not perform and what (if any) types of cares or behaviors would force a move to a more advanced level of care, such as a skilled nursing facility. Change becomes more difficult during the aging process and can negatively impact mental status, physical ability, and mood, especially in those with dementia. It is important to make the best CBRF choice to avoid future moves or changes in residency.