How do you know?

Our Chief Nursing Officer, Olivia Rogers, answers questions from patients and their families.

Dear Olivia,

I’ve heard a lot about “group homes.” What are these homes and are they safe? We are starting to look for a place for my mother-in-law. She has become weaker and we are not sure how much longer we can take care of her on our own. We want to make sure we choose a place that is safe and provides adequate care.

~How do you know?

Dear How do you know,

That is a great question as group homes, or residential care facilities (RCFs) as they are known in the health care community, are springing up everywhere. This concept is not new, but it has become more popular in the last several years as the cost of other forms of long-term care increases. RCFs are actual homes in neighborhoods that are run as a business, often operated by a nurse or physician. They are regulated by the State of Texas if there are more than three residents living in the home and are licensed by the state licensing body known as HCSSA. This licensure and oversight ensure these homes are providing quality care and have the necessary fire and safety measures. This should give residents and their families peace of mind as these facilities are surveyed at least every three years. For help in determining what facility is right for your loved one, contact one of our medical social workers at VNA. We are here to help!