Micro communities, commonly known as residential care centers, are small communities that provide individualized care for residents. There are different types of micro communities, which vary in function, price, housing type and levels of care provided. These communities are either structured as individual apartments within a complex or individual rooms in a large house. This community is an option for residents that require some supervision but want to retain their independence.
Residents in this type of community typically require a lower amount of assistance than those in assisted living or memory care but receive help with one-on-one attention. Because of the intimate setting of an apartment or house, staff members provide services such cooking, cleaning, baking and companionship. Transportation services for community outings, doctor visits or grocery trips are also offered by the residential care providers. Micro communities are very similar to senior communities; the main difference is the housing options and care.
When determining if this is the right place for your loved ones, make sure they can still function on their own with limited help from another senior. If their health is beginning to decline or they are experiencing the early stages of dementia, micro communities might not be the place for them.
Always remember to choose the community that works best with your family’s unique needs. We recommend discussing budget, choosing an ideal location, touring facilities and making sure your loved ones feel at home in the community.
Here are some micro communities/residential care centers in the Eugene/Springfield area:
Fox Hollow Residential Care Community
Gateway Adult Residential Care
Ronning Fry Foster Home Inc.
Oaktree Residential Living
Holly Residential Care Center