Frequently Asked Questions
About The Corner Stepping Stone
And Adult Foster Care
What is Adult Foster Care?
Adult Foster Care is defined as a home setting in the community for adults who are unable to live independently due to physical, emotional, developmental or mental health impairments. The home can provide up to 24 hour supervision for 1 to 4 residents. (5 if caring for elderly residents). Residents receive meals, support, supervision and some assistance with personal care and living skills as needed. Adult Foster Care homes are licensed by the State of Minnesota under Rule 203 and Statute 245A. In Adult Foster Care, the rooms may be private or shared and the dining areas, bathrooms, and other spaces are shared "family style." Adult foster care can offer a wide array of services depending on the home's license and/or registration.
Is Adult Foster Care as safe as assisted living facilities?
Yes. Adult Foster Care is state licensed and inspected guaranteeing residents and their families certain standards of care and caregivers, providing them immediate access to the proper officials for addressing complaints, seeking information, or making comments, thus guaranteeing the same standards of safety that you can expect from assisted living facilities.
What types of Adult Foster Care are there?
There are two types of Adult Foster Care:
- Traditional — The provider lives in the residence and is the primary caregiver to clients.
- Corporate — The home is operated by a corporation with shift staff delivering services to clients.
How does Traditional Adult Foster Care compare to the alternatives?
Adult Foster Care is the small, personal, affordable and classy licensed assisted living alternative. Most people, above all the fragile and elderly, mentally challenged, injured, and their loved ones, seek a deeper contact and clarity from their surroundings than expansive, impersonal, corporate run assisted living and nursing homes can provide.
Is Traditional Adult Foster Care a good alternative to Nursing Homes?
A study by the School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, on the topic of Adult Foster Care as an alternative to nursing homes, found "On average, nursing home residents were more physically and cognitively impaired than AFC residents...", "AFC residents reported more social activity, even when (we) controlled for disability status," and "AFC residents and their families were more likely to value privacy and homelike settings when choosing a care setting," whereas "nursing home residents were more likely to value rehabilitation and organized activity programs." The results of this study (conducted in Oregon) appeared in the American Journal of Public Health. This study would suggest that indeed Adult Foster Care is an excellent mainstream alternative to Nursing Homes.
What are some of the advantages to Traditional Adult Foster Care?
Services and affordability. Assisted living facilities and nursing homes mount expensive advertising and marketing campaigns to fill their rooms with residents. These large corporate behemoths also require expensive management teams and highly paid staff. These expenses are then passed on to residents. Adult Foster Care Homes, however, do not need to mount similar advertising campaigns, as there are limits to how many residents they can accept, and the staff in a Traditional Adult Foster Care Home is the family that resides in the home. Bigger assisted living facilities and nursing homes advertise big service. Often, many of these services cost extra and add quickly to the expense of care. The Adult Foster Care Family Home, though small and personal, is just as big with service — but all included in one simple monthly fee. Room and board, house soaps, common shampoos, basic supplies, utilities and cable television are included. Laundry, and housekeeping are also furnished. Moreover, it goes without saying, there is assistance with daily routines, and transportation to and from appointments. An Adult Foster Care Family Home also dispenses and supervises a resident's medication. Expect, too, that an Adult Foster Care Family Home solicits the help and expertise from other licensed and recognized services like pharmacists, doctors, nurses, physical therapists, church pastors and volunteers, community organizations, pharmaceutical and medical equipment deliveries, and even beauticians. Lastly, an Adult Foster Care Family Home, can arrange the "continuum of care" so important to residents and their families.
Where does funding for Adult Foster Care come from?
Traditional providers receive a monthly minimum room and board payment set by the State. A Difficulty of Care (DOC) rating may be set based on the required level of care. The payment is usually a combination of the client's pension, Social Security income, Social Security Disability, and Group Residential Housing (GRH) funds. Residents and families of residents who have the financial resources to pay can negotiate a fee with the provider.
What types of activities are available to residents?
Residents of an Adult Foster Care Home experience life up close. Whether it is cleaning, cooking, baking, laundry, garden, yard work, or recreational games, life is out in the open and available to commensurate participation or vigorous observation. Additionally, the Adult Foster Care Family Home homeowners' interests and hobbies, mingled with those of the residents, become the authentic vital mix of a particular home's environment. Community activities and invovlement in the community are encouraged, providing residents with plenty of opportunity for activity.
Is the Corner Stepping Stone licensed?
The Corner Stepping Stone is a fully licensed Adult Foster Care Home in Barnesville, Clay County, Minnesota.
How do I know if Adult Foster Care is the right choice for me or my loved one?
No one can answer that question for you, however, the Minnesota Department of Human Services does provide a good resource, "Adult Foster Care - Is this setting right for you?," to determine the answer to this question for yourself, as well as the booklet "A Key to Adult Foster Care," (downloadable PDF) to help you and your family decide if Adult Foster Care is the best choice for you.
How do I or my loved one become a resident of the Corner Stepping Stone?
Can guests and family visit me or my loved one?
Absolutely. Family visits are encouraged and guests are permitted at the Corner Stepping Stone.