While most senior care is expensive, Residential Care Homes are a considerable value compared to the large Assisted Living Facilities, In-Home Care, and Adult Day Care. Residential Care Homes usually simplify the billing and offer an inclusive or fixed monthly rate that includes the room and care services. One analogy would be that Residential Care is like an all you can eat buffet for one fixed price. You get as much care and service as you want and or need. The caregivers providing the care and service are always around to help when needed which is clearly a better value to the resident compared to the A La Cart billing system of Assisted Livings. Assisted Living Facilities are often managed more like a big business than small Residential Care Homes. They utilize A La Cart billing to maximize their ability to charge for items or service provided.
The name “Assisted Living” implies you receive assistance in the base rate. In fact, in most cases, you get independent living with 3 meals and once weekly laundry and housekeeping service. No assistance or medication management in the base rate. Those are additional A La Cart add on items or services.