Adult homes are headed by qualified nurses, aides, and even doctors who provide daily care for residents suffering from brain injuries and diseases like Alzheimer's. Most residents are somewhat independent, so their care may revolve around daily medical care, personal care and hygiene reminders, physical therapy, and socialization programs. Some larger adult and retirement homes have chefs who cook meals on site, while other residential adult and retirement homes require residents to make their own meals.
Most adult homes, convalescent homes, and community centers take insurance like Medicare for long-term or short-term care. One residential facility may have laundry services, while another may require residents to do their own laundry. It all depends on the level of independence within the home.
People looking for adult homes for their loved ones can meet with health care consultants to learn more about services and programs, such as hospice, health care, and social outings. They should be willing to give tours of the facility or center, showing off the amenities and offerings of the home or apartment, which may have a hospital affiliation. People may have to visit several adult homes before finding the right one. He or she may meet with doctors and nursing staff to find the best fit as well. These professionals should have gentle bedside manners, knowledge of the medical community and protocols, and excellent communication skills.
Those providing transportation must have clean driver's records and valid licenses. Physical therapists and nurses should have the proper educational background and training to offer services in an adult home setting, whether for elderly senior citizens or for younger brain injured patients.