Residential Care Facilities provide a group home setting for individuals who require 24-hour care. These facilities provide shelter, meals, and protective oversight, which may include storage and distribution or administration of medications and care during short-term illness or recuperation. Staff members also encourage residents to be physically active and to participate in hobbies and other recreational activities.

Physically, residents must be able to independently get to an area of refuge inside or outside the building during an emergency within 5 minutes of being alerted. 

Residents may self-administer their prescription and non-prescription medications, if a licensed health provider approves. A physician, pharmacist, or registered nurse (RN) must also review the resident’s medication regimen every other month.

Harris Care Centers has locations that are licensed for both RCF I and RCF II housing, as defined below:

Residential Care Facility I (RCF I) means any premises-other than a Residential Care Facility II, intermediate care facility, or skilled nursing facility-which is utilized by its owner, operator, or manager to provide 24-hour care to three or more residents, who are not related within the fourth degree of consanguinity or affinity to the owner, operator, or manager of the facility and who need or are provided with shelter, board, and with protective oversight, which may include storage and distribution or administration of medications and care during short-term illness or recuperation.

Residential Care Facility II (RCF II) adds to the definition of RCF I the supervision of diets, assistance in personal care, and supervision of health care under the direction of a licensed physician. Facilities can be licensed to provide both levels of care within the same facility.