ERIC Number: ED312533
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: N/A
A Home Away from Home: Consumer Information on Board and Care Homes.
Haske, Margaret; Cohen, Rebecca, Ed.
This report provides consumer information on board and care homes, a housing alternative for older persons which serves a broad spectrum of the population, ranging from those needing a modest amount of care and assistance to those who are physically or mentally disabled, but do not need to be institutionalized. The first section of this two-part book explains what to look for in, and what to expect from, a board and care home. It presents characteristics of board and care homes and discusses what board and care homes are, who owns them, who manages them, home size, licensing, safety, characteristics of residents, numbers and locations of board and care homes, and costs and service packages available. The second section suggests a number of considerations regarding this kind of living arrangement, and then identifies specific qualities to evaluate before choosing a particular board and care home. Advantages and disadvantages of board and care homes are discussed, and potential residents are encouraged to consider house rules, location, licensing, safety, food service, individual needs and services available, discharge policies, and opinions of current residents. Appendix A describes the efforts of some government agencies and private groups to provide, regulate, and monitor the safety and level of care in board and care homes. Appendix B contains a chart of state laws and programs that relate to board and care of elderly and disabled adults. (NB)
Descriptors: Aging (Individuals), Daily Living Skills, Housing, Individual Needs, Older Adults, Self Care Skills
American Association of Retired Persons, 1909 K Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20049 (Free).
Publication Type: Reports - General; Reference Materials - Directories/Catalogs
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association of Retired Persons, Washington, DC.