Posted by Dan on July 02, 2004 at 09:39:56:
Well, unfortunately, the answer to all of these is ‘it depends’. Ultimately it depends on the level of care which will range from independent to high level dementia care. This will dictate the number/type of staffing, licensure, and to a certain extent rates. Check with local COC’s - most large counties have people liasing on this now. Rates are really dependent upon what you’re offering and, again, the level of care. Overall, I personally wouldn’t see a 5 resident ALF as being sustainable - as care level escalates, the owner would be open to further licensing issues or significant vacancy problems. Independent care, might work whereby you run a sort of ‘bed and breakfast’. For this, limited licensing would be required, and you could provide minimal services - housekeeping, laundry, meals, etc. I would estimate, depending on where it’s located, that rates for full service independent care would range from $1,200 to $2,000 per month.