Sometimes the need for senior living care services is short-term, but more often, care is needed for longer periods of time, so can an adult family home provide long-term care services?

Absolutely! In fact, the only limit on how long a resident stays at an adult family home like Crest View is the amount of time they need the type and level of care we can provide.

Adult family homes offer personalized care in a homelike environment, but there are limits to the type of care they are allowed to give. For example, they can provide assistance with daily activities, medication management, social engagement, and more, including specialty care needed for residents with Alzheimer’s Disease or Dementia.

But they are not allowed to provide intravenous therapy, sterile dressing changes, or physical restraint. They also can’t deviate from the resident’s treatment plan (provided by their doctor) when it comes to giving medications, prescribed or over the counter, unless in a written order.

That’s why it’s essential to assess whether the resident’s care needs align with the services offered by an adult family home.

Other Options for Long-Term Care

When residents have care needs that are beyond the scope of an adult family home, there are other options for long-term care to consider. These other options include the following:

  • Assisted Living Facilities. Assisted living facilities provide a higher level of care compared to adult family homes. Like adult family homes, they offer a range of services, amenities, and social activities in a communal setting. But these facilities serve more than the 6 residents allowed in an adult family home. This option is suitable for individuals who require more help with daily activities but do not need skilled nursing care.
  • Skilled Nursing Facilities. Skilled nursing facilities, also known as nursing homes, offer 24/7 medical care and supervision for individuals with complex medical needs. This level of care is appropriate for individuals who require ongoing medical attention and assistance with activities of daily living.
  • Memory Care Communities. Memory care communities specialize in caring for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, or other memory-related conditions. These communities provide a secure environment, specialized programming, and trained staff to support residents’ unique needs.
  • In-Home Care Services. In-home care services allow individuals to receive assistance with daily activities while remaining in the comfort of their own homes. Caregivers provide personalized care, companionship, and support tailored to the individual’s preferences and needs.

How to Tell If an Adult Family Home is the Right Fit for Long-Term Care

With the various options available for long-term care, how do you know which is the right choice in your particular situation? Here are some things to consider:

  1. Care Needs

Determine whether the resident’s care needs, including assistance with daily activities, medication management, and social engagement, can be adequately met by the adult family home.

  1. Environment

Evaluate the adult family home’s environment to ensure it aligns with the resident’s preferences and comfort level. Factors to consider include the size of the home, living arrangements, and amenities available.

  1. Staff Expertise and Training

Inquire about the qualifications and training of the adult family home’s staff members. Ensure they have the necessary skills and experience to provide quality care and support.

  1. Personalized Care Plans

Discuss the development of personalized care plans tailored to the resident’s specific needs and preferences. This ensures that their individual care needs can be met effectively.

  1. Family Involvement and Communication

Evaluate the facility’s approach to family involvement and communication. Look for open communication channels, family participation in care planning, and regular updates on the resident’s well-being.

  1. Safety and Security Measures

Ensure that the facility has appropriate safety and security measures in place. This includes secured entrances, emergency response systems, and trained staff to handle emergencies.


Clearly, choosing the right long-term care option is a significant decision that requires careful consideration of the individual’s needs, preferences, and the level of care required.

Then, after evaluating, families can make an informed choice and ensure their loved one receives the appropriate care and support for their long-term well-being.

And finally, if you think an adult family home may be the right solution, the next thing to do is tour the facility.

We invite you to stop by Crest View Adult Family Home for a cup of coffee and a tour. Click here to schedule a visit.