Group homes, also referred to as residential homes, are private homes converted and staffed for small group living seniors. For older adults who may need assistance in an individual homecare setting but require supervision or prefer not to live in a skilled nursing facility (SNF), a group home can be an alternative. 

A residential home provides a higher level of care than assisted living but a lower level than a skilled nursing facility. However, there is more personalized care and staff attention in a group home than in an assisted living facility. This is the significant difference between the two since a group home has few residents. 

The services in a group home vary; some homes provide high levels of care similar to a SNF, while others focus on the basics such as homecare.  It’s essential to find out from each place precisely what services the group homes can and can’t provide.

Group homes typically offer necessities such as meals, housekeeping, personal, and companion care. Some seniors may have a single or a double room and may need to share a bathroom; the setting depends on the home and needs of the elder.  Most residential homes provide supervision and activities of daily living (ADL’s) such as bathing, dressing, storing and distributing medication and toileting care, and providing transportation. 

The costs depend on the level of care needed, the quality of the home, and the location. Typically five to ten residents live in a group home. However, the quantity depends on state regulations.