Sunday, January 15, 2006

foster care (group care)

One alternative to nursing home care is that of "sheltered" living where supportive and safe care is provided for the aged.
A foster home can be established in which a family or a couple will provide room and board for several older people, receiving compensation through welfare agencies for their services in much the same way as in foster homes for children.
Candidates for such a living arrangement would preferably be those who require an intermediate level of medical and custodial care but do not require the 24-hour services offered by nursing homes. In some instances, nursing care might be provided at the foster home through a public health service or some other provider of home health care.
As a rule the cost of the care provided in a foster home is far below the cost of nursing home care. Even more important, elderly residents of foster homes continue to live in a family setting where they can interact with others in a less structured and institutionalized environment commonly found in nursing homes.
See also LIVING ALONE; LIVING WITH ONE'S CHILDREN; NURSING HOMES, HOW TO SELECT MONITOR, AND EVALUATE; RETIREMENT RESIDENCE CENTERS.
Deedy, J. Your Aging Parents. Chicago: The Thomas More Press, 1984.
Gillies, J. A Guide to Caring for and Coping with Aging Parents. Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1981.

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