Adults may be placed in a licensed foster home if they cannot live alone safely because of disabilities or poor health. The foster home provides an alternative for adults who need daily help but want to live in a family setting rather than a nursing home or other facility. The adult foster care provider provides lodging, meals, companionship, personal care assistance, medication administration, and 24-hour supervision. The provider may be individuals, couples, or larger families.
Foster homes are typically family-sized homes that care for up to four qualifying adults. The home can be operated by a family or an individual. It may also be operated by a corporation or business partner. Licensed providers can choose to provide a variation of foster care that can include:
Long term: provide a “forever home” for an indefinite period of time
Short term: provide a home for a limited or short period of time
Respite: provide care for a few hours, days or weeks to relieve those doing the job full-time
Day Care: care and supervision during the day for seniors who need the assistance.