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Adult Foster Care is a housing alternative for older adults, people with disabilities

In Arizona, there are different kinds of long-term care settings beyond nursing homes and assisted living communities. Adult foster care provides another option for older adults and people with disabilities.

Carrina Curry is with the Foundation for Senior Living.

“When you hear foster care, most often your mind goes to 18 and under demographic. However, there's a growing need for adult foster care, which operates in a similar capacity,” she said.

Curry says adult foster homes can have up to four residents, and the homeowner is required to be a certified caregiver.

“So adult foster care bridges the gap for many adults who need a little extra support providing an adult an alternative to a more clinical assisted living setting,” she said.

She says adult foster homes are licensed by the state department of health and have to meet certain care requirements, “so, residents with an array of different diagnoses or disabilities are completely suitable for adult foster care living.”

KJZZ senior field correspondent Kathy Ritchie has 20 years of experience reporting and writing stories for national and local media outlets — nearly a decade of it has been spent in public media.