Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging

Housing Options

You have a choice, as an older adult, of where and how you want to live. In some measure, your choice may be governed by your health and the type of lifestyle you can afford. Your options are generally defined by the amount of help available with the chosen housing. Because there is sometimes confusion about what the different types of housing are classified as and what each name means, the following general definitions are given along with explanations about the differences.

Congregate Housing

Usually apartments, this is a rental housing arrangement with some common services. These services, most often, include a central dining area providing meals and social activities. The apartments should have safety features such as call buttons and safety rails or grab bars. Services may be included in the rent or there may be an additional cost per service.

Adult Foster Homes

The provider shares their home and family life with one or two residents. In addition to room and board, the services include housekeeping, laundry, some personal care; supervision with finances and medications when deemed necessary. These individuals must NOT need 24 hour supervision. The homes are certified by the Ohio Department of Mental Health.

Adult Care Facilities

These facilities include two types of homes:

  • Adult Family Homes (3-5 adults) and
  • Adult Group Homes (6-16 adults)

Both types of homes provide room and board, laundry, housekeeping, and personal care services. The residents must NOT require 24 hour supervision. These homes are licensed by the Ohio Department of Health.

Residential Care Facilities

Homes that provide accommodations, supervision and personal care services for 17 or more adults. These individuals are dependent on the services of others by reason of age or physical or mental impairment; skilled nursing care is permitted only if that care will be provided on a part-time, intermittent basis for no more than 120 days in any 12 month period. The RCFs are licensed by the Ohio Department of Health.

Assisted Living

Like congregate housing, this is usually an apartment situation. The difference is the amount and type of supportive services offered. There is usually a nurse available for monitoring and services may include housekeeping, transportation, laundry, meals and homemaker program. "Service Packages" are usually offered at prices separate from the rent.

Continuing Care Retirement Community

This option provides a type of long-term care insurance. A resident can move in as independent living and progress through various supportive services and on into nursing home care or even hospital care. These are no longer truly lifetime care as they once were. Many are now charging for added services. These are usually situated on acreage with apartments, condominiums, and a skilled nursing home on the site. The distinguishing features about different housing options include:

  1. Level of Care
  2. Amount and types of included services 3. Size of private area
  3. Facility size and type
  4. Age of residents
  5. Lifestyle

No one type of housing is recommended more than another. There are increases in home services as well as new options that allow you to choose. the choice is your to make based upon your lifestyle, financial status and health. Some housing concepts are fairly new and are not available in every community

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(419) 524-4144 or (800) 860-5799