Frequently Asked Questions

Is A Place To Call Home an adult family home?

Yes, A Place To Call Home is an adult family home, AFH, located in Vancouver, WA, that specializes in memory care, dementia care, Alzheimer’s care, and assisted living for seniors.

What is an adult family home, AFH?

An AFH is a residential home where up to six people can be cared for by trained professionals within a “home-style” setting.

Is there a difference between an adult family home and an assisted living facility?

An adult family home provides more personalized care in a home-like setting rather than a large care facility where the caregiver to resident ratio can be as high as 1:20. In an AFH, the ratio is many times 2:6 and at worse is 1:6. A Place To Call Home is proud to have a tight-knit family of residents and caregivers all interacting as a family.

How do I know if A Place To Call Home will work best for my family member?

A Place To Call Home is owned and operated by Michelle Simmons, who has her doctorate in Geriatric Mental Health, and a team of professionally trained caregivers who know how to provide quality care to seniors. If you have questions about A Place To Call Home, we encourage you to call our home and set up a visit to see if it is a good fit for you and your loved one.

Do adult family homes get inspected for accountability?

Yes, the state of Washington conducts annual inspections to ensure that adult family homes remain operating at a high level.

How much care should my family member anticipate from an adult family home?

Adult family home caregivers provide as much or as little care as the resident needs. We encourage more independent residents to use their abilities as best they can while other residents that need a higher level of care get the proper attention they need and deserve.

Do caregivers in an adult family home need to be licensed?

Yes, all caregivers that provide medical care to residents must be licensed as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) or Home Health Aide (HHA). Beyond this licensing, A Place To Call Home requires all of our CNA’s to have other certificates that may be needed with certain residents like Specialty in Memory Care, Diabetes and Nurse Delegation. This allows our home to be ready for any resident that moves in.

How often can I visit my loved one when they are in an adult family home?

Family members can visit their loved ones as much as they want or as little as they wish. We encourage families to visit loved ones, and our staff will help coordinate those visits with residents because it’s much easier to visit between meals and activities.

Can I schedule a tour of an adult family home?

Yes, you can schedule a tour to see if the home is a good fit for you and your family member. Our staff will show you the open rooms and all the amenities of our home, as well as explain why our home could be the best fit for your family member.

Who will look after my family member at an adult family home?

Our owner is an experienced and certified Nurse Practitioner who has a doctorate in Geriatric Mental Health. With a certified and licensed staff of CNAs, A Place To Call Home is well-qualified to care after all types of residents.

What kind of activities will my family member be able to do?

A Place To Call Home has a wide variety of different activities and amenities for our residents, including music, games, and exercise classes. Our home sits on a large farm property with a spacious gardening area and horses to watch.

What kind of meals do residents get to eat?

All of our residents enjoy family-style home-cooked meals every day. We make sure that each of our residents receives the proper nutrition needed for their specific diets.

Does A Place To Call Home accept patients with dementia, Alzheimer’s, and memory loss?

Yes, A Place To Call Home gladly accepts patients that have dementia, Alzheimer’s, and memory loss issues. Our caregivers have expert training and are certified to care for residents with specific memory loss needs. Our goal is to improve their quality of life and attempt to slow the overall progression of the decline. We properly treat them with medications prescribed by their doctor. The favorable thing about our owner being a doctor herself is when talking with the physician of your loved one she can be of help.

Does A Place To Call Home have 24-hour care?

A Place To Call Home offers 24-hour, around the clock care for all residents by and CNAs and qualified caregivers.