Meadowmere Northshore

What is the difference between RCAC and CBRF?”

Now that you have begun the search for an assisted living community, you may now find yourself wondering “What is the difference between RCAC and CBRF?”In the state of Wisconsin there are three types of assisted living options created by legislation. Adult Family Homes (AFH), Residential Care Apartment Complexes (RCAC) and Community Based Residential Facilities (CBRF). While ACH’s are distinctively different from the other two as it relates to size and care, there are many similarities that exist between RCAC’s and CBRF’s. Let’s take a look at the major distinctions between the two.

Meadowmere Northshore Assisted Living Community is a RCAC.

One of the most common questions frequently asked is if we are able to provide the level of care needed for a loved one. There is a misconception that RCAC’s have fewer staff then a CBRF and are unable to care for people with very complex needs. Our community has a full time RN that is on call 24/7 and around the clock award winning staff. Each resident is individually assessed and a care plan with a level of care is developed to meet an individual’s needs.

The other misconception regarding RCAC’s is that individuals have to move when their health declines. This is not always the case. Residents who live at Meadowmere are able to “age in place.” The rules differ in terms of how that is to be accomplished. Legislative dictates that a RCAC is able to provide residents up to 28 hours per week of personal, supportive and nursing services. Additional care can be provided through outside agencies like a hospice, home health agencies or other alternative measures. It is our goal to care for a resident for as long as we are able, or as long as it is deemed safe for that individual.

In order to move into a RCAC, a person cannot have an activated Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care or a Legal Guardian. Once the resident has been admitted into the community the Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care may be activated if deemed necessary.

So, if you have a love one interested in an assisted living community or who you think may benefit from assisted living, please give us a call. I will be more than happy to meet with you and discuss the higher levels of care that can be provided by Meadowmere Northshore Assisted Living Community.