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A Board & Care Home may be the perfect fit for your elderly loved one

One of the toughest decisions a family makes is where an elderly loved one will live once they can no longer fully care for themselves. At Care Connect of Hampton Roads, we work with families every day to help them make the right choice.

One option that we encourage families to consider is a Board & Care Home, which is also known as a community care home, private care home, residential care home, or group home.

Board & Care Homes provide seniors with the same services available in larger assisted living communities, but Board & Care Homes are "regular" houses in residential neighborhoods that are equipped, adapted and staffed to care for a small number of seniors.

Care & licensing
Board & Care Home provide care that's comparable to what's offered at assisted living communities, but below the level of a nursing home which provides skilled nursing assistance. Board & Care Homes prepare the residents three home cooked meals a day, and provide help with activities such as:

• Eating
• Health condition monitoring
• Grooming and hygiene
• Medication management
• Toileting

Board & Care Homes are licensed businesses in Virginia and are not required to be licensed by its Department of Social Services.

What’s the difference between Board & Care and assisted living?
The basic difference between Board & Care and assisted living and is their size. Assisted living communities are larger and Board & Care homes are smaller with more individualized assistance and bonding. Each state varies as to how many seniors can reside in a Board & Care Home. In Virginia, the maximum residents is four.

Other names for Board & Care Homes
If you’ve been researching care facilities for an elderly loved one, you may have come across Board & Care Homes, but by a different name. Don't let the large number of terms confuse you. They are all essentially the same thing. Board & Care Homes are also called:

• Residential care home
• Adult family home
• Group home
• Adult foster care
• Personal care home
• Community care home
Private care home

Pros and cons of Board & Care
Many seniors who are transitioning from living independently to long-term care are faced with choosing between a Board & Care Home and an assisted living facility. Like everything in life, each has their own advantages and disadvantages. Some seniors and families prefer Board & Care Homes over assisted living because Board & Care Homes:

• Provide a cozy, intimate and homelike environment
• Have less residents, which allows for more interaction and attention from staff
• Can be significantly less expensive than assisted living facilities
• Have a relaxed, unstructured environment

On the other hand, some seniors prefer corporate assisted living facilities over Board & Care Homes because:

• A Board & Care Home may have fewer activities and recreational opportunities than assisted living
• At Board & Care Homes, residents typically only have a private bedroom to themselves rather than their
   own apartment.
• The limited number of residents at a Board & Care Home may not be ideal for more social seniors.

There are MANY hard choices to make when it comes to caring for an elderly loved one. If you have any questions about Board & Care Homes, please contact us at (757) 271-4270 or We’ve been helping families in Hampton Roads and beyond since 2006, and we hope to help you too.

About Care Connect of Hampton Roads
Christina Drumm-Boyd is a VA Accredited claims agent. She and the staff at Care Connect of Hampton Roads are experts at providing care for seniors, care for elderly, nursing home care, long term care, home care, senior care, eldercare, care for mom, care for dad, assisted living, alzheimers, dementia, adult day care, help with senior care, nursing care, elderly care, elder care planning, geriatric care manager, geriatric case manager, caregiver, in home care, long term care, and caregiver support for the elderly in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Newport News, Hampton, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Williamsburg, Hampton Roads, North Carolina, Currituck, and the Outer banks. Christina Drumm-Boyd is a certified senior advisor who can help with medicaid rules, VA benefits, VA pension, medicaid, medicare, veterans benefits, aid and attendance pension, veterans aid and assistance, veterans aid and attendance, power of attorney, guardianship, advanced medical directive, will, conservatorship, paying for nursing home care, paying for long term care, legal advice for seniors, elder law, asset protection, estate planning, long term care insurance, health insurance, life insurance, and annuities.

Our Hampton Roads Locations:

4525 E. Honeygrove, Suite 203, Virginia Beach, VA 23455

720 Mall Parkway (located inside Holcomb Law, P.C.)

Newport News, VA 23602

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