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Q: What exactly is an Adult Family Home?

A: Adult Family Homes are private homes licensed by the state to care for up to six residents. Adult Family Homes are designed to offer long term care in a non-institutional setting. They do this by opening their homes to frail elderly and/or functionally disabled adults and give them warm, loving and personalized care in a family setting. Adult family homes can be found in communities throughout the state and are considered to be an important part of the long-term care continuum. There is probably an Adult Family Home in your neighborhood.

Q: How can a home setting provide the care my Mom needs?

A: First of all it’s important for you to understand that there are mandatory training requirements that all Licensed Providers must have. In addition, they must be experienced caregivers before they receive their license. However, each Adult Family Home has varying degrees of experience, skills and backgrounds that equip them to provide different levels of care. There are also thousands of laws governing the Adult Family Home industry designed to ensure that each resident receives the appropriate and professional care they deserve. But the most important factor and advantage that Adult Family Homes have to offer is the high staff to resident ratio.

Q: So what does the term Staff to Resident Ratio mean?

A: It is a fancy way of saying that Adult Family Homes never have more than six residents per each caregiver to care for. In comparison, institutional settings rarely have more than one staff member for every 12-15 residents. And a word of caution, don’t be fooled by the claims of many institutional settings who say they have a high staff to resident ratio. This claim is often made for marketing purposes and may be technically correct, but the catch is that they often count the cook, food service workers, housekeepers, maintenance man, bookkeeper, etc into this staff ratio. Ask instead how many caregivers are available to residents 24 hours a day. That is a much more accurate reflection of how excellent the care will be.

Q: What Level of Care can an Adult Family Home provide?

A: Each home has its unique skills and experience it brings to the care it gives. However, most homes offer the basic amenities of: Home cooked family style meals, assistance with personal care, (such as bathing, dressing, grooming, etc) staff on site 24 hours a day, a family environment where residents enjoy companionship and belonging, and a real home to live in. There are many Adult Family Homes, which have the experience and skills necessary to allow for “aging in place” where the ultimate goal is for the resident never to have to move again. Many homes do this by allowing Hospice to come and assist with the client’s comfort care needs.



Active member of
Washington State Residential Care Council (WSRCC)
Since 1999

Please visit: www.wsrcc.org


Kitsap Peninsula

Adult Family Home Association

Current Officers
Rick Seward - 2008 President
Veniza Seward - Treasurer/Membership since 2002

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