What is Residential Assisted Living?

By: Janel Robilotta RN, MSN

When you picture an assisted living facility, you think of a building with many rooms or apartments and many people either working or living there.  There is a big parking lot and a directory and elevators and a lot of things going on.  While this may be the first choice for some, there might be those who prefer a more quiet, intimate environment.  Residential assisted living homes are located in neighborhoods and look just like a typical home (more of a large ranch, usually).  They are designed to give those living there a feeling that they are still “home”.  There are many of the same amenities offered at a residential home as there are at larger facilities such as therapies, activities, meals, assistance with daily activities, and more.  Most residential assisted living homes are built to house only 16 residents max in order to keep that home-like, family feel.  Because the number of occupants at residential assisted living homes are no more than 16, they have a lower resident-to-caregiver ratio.  This means that resident needs can be met almost immediately when needed.  The environment of residential assisted living homes is intimate and cozy, giving those who live there a feeling that they are not lost or forgotten in a large group of their peers. The main idea behind residential assisted living is family.  Caregivers and residents tend to develop closer bonds with each other and treat one another as if they were their own family member(s).


Pictured: Two Hearts Homes for Seniors (Residential Assisted Living home in Lowell, IN)

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Lowell Indiana Assisted Living