Sarasota Adult Foster Care Homes
Featured Sarasota (Florida) Adult Foster Care Homes

Aurora Manor
Adult Foster Care
Sarasota • Florida
Aurora Manor is a licensed 10-bed Assisted Living Facility in Sarasota, Florida. Aurora Manor began operations under its current license in 2001 and had zero deficiencies cited during its most recent state inspection. Services and Amenities include: Appropriate Levels of Personal Supervision for Each Resident • Activities Programs • Assistance in Setting Medical Appointments • Appropriate Assistance with Activities of Daily Living (ADL's) • 3 Meals per Day plus Snacks • and much, much more!

2841 6th St., Sarasota, FL 34237 • (941) 365-8644

Croton Manor
Adult Foster Care
Sarasota • Florida
Croton Manor is a state licensed 6-bed Assisted Living Facility in Sarasota, Florida. Croton Manor has been in operation since 1995 and had zero deficiencies during its most recent state inspection. Services and Amenities include: 3:1 Resident-to-Caregiver Ratio • Cozy Bed & Breakfast Atmosphere • Fully Furnished Private Bedrooms (3 with Adjoining Private Bathrooms) • Assistance in Securing Necessary Healthcare • Medication Reminders and Assistance • Assistance with Bathing, Personal Hygiene and Ambulation • Housekeeping • Laundry • 3 Meals per Day plus Snacks • Assistance with Social and Leisure Activities • and much, much more!

2512 Croton Ave., Sarasota, FL 34239 • (941) 927-0139


indent In most states, Adult Foster Care Homes (AFCH) are typically licensed for a maximum occupancy of 3-to-6 residents and although they offer services and amenities similar to larger Assisted Living Facilities, are generally located in single-family homes retrofitted as AFCH's.
indent The State of Florida has not established a separate classification for the traditional Adult Foster Care Home; the state's formal definition of an Assisted Living Facility is "... any building or buildings ... private home, boading home ... or other residential facility, whether operated for profit or not, which undertakes through its ownership or management to provide housing, meals,
and one or more personal services for a period exceeding 24 hours to one or more adults, not relatives of the owner or administrator. Obviously, "one or more adults" means that an assisted living facility is generally classified as an ALF regardless of resident capacity.

Adult Family-Care Homes

indent The State of Florida does specify a classification for Adult Family-Care Homes, which it defines as a unit of full-time senior housing "in a private home for no more than five disabled adults or frail elders ...". Clearly, although in Florida Adult Family-Care Homes are - by definition - assisted living facilities restricted to a very low maximum resident capacity, the level of services required for its residents is apt to be uniformly greater than that required at a mainstream ALF.
indent For more specific information on Florida Adult Family-Care Homes, contact the Florida AHCA through its website at or by calling (888) 419-3456.

Editor's Definition of a Florida Adult Foster Care Home

indent will refer to all Florida assisted living facilities (defined above) with a maximum occupant capacity of 15 licensed beds to be Adult Foster Care Homes (AFCH). (We'll do our best to confine our profiles and reviews of Florida AFCH's to those housing units with less than 10 licensed beds - the reasoning being that smaller ALF's are apt to conform more closely to the primary needs of those seeking them: more affordable rates combined with a calmer social environment.)
indent It is important to note that with smaller capacity Florida ALF's the state-mandated minimum staff hours per week is proportionately lower: 212 staff-hours per week for a 6-to-15 resident facility.

Administrator and Management Requirements

indent Administrators or managers of Florida Adult Foster Care Homes* (AFCH) must:
  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Possess a high school diploma or general equivalency diploma (G.E.D.)
  • Complete ALF core training requirements (26 hours minimum) and pass a competency test
  • Participate in 12 hours of continuing education every 2 years
Staff Requirements

indent Staffing standards for Florida Adult Foster Care Homes* (AFCH) do not specify a minimum age requirement, although various prohibitions built into Florida child labor lawas makes the prospect of AFCH staff members being under the age of 17 unlikely. Baseline Florida AFCH staff requirements and regulations include:
  • Newly-hired staff members have 30 days from date-of-hire to submit a statement from a health care provider verifying that the staffer does not have any signs or symptoms of a communicable disease, including tuberculosis
  • All staff members shall be assigned duites consistent with level of education, training, preparation and experience
  • Staff members providing direct care to residents (other than licensed nurses, registered CNA's, or home health aides) must receive a minimum of 1 hour in-service training in facility operational procedures (reporting major incidents, emergency procedures, etc.); another 1 hour in-service training on the subjects of resident rights and the recognition and reporting of resident abuse, neglect or exploitation
  • First Aid and CPR Training is not a requirement for all staff members, but every Florida AFCH must have at least one staff member who holds a currently valid First Aid and CPR card in the facility at all times
  • Staff members authorized to assist with self-administered medication, food service and various other specialized duties are required to participate in appropriate duty-specific training regimens (Check with the Florida AHCA for details)
Background Checks

indent The State of Florida Background Screening Section conducts criminal background checks for all health care providers licensed by the AHCA.
  • Florida AFCH Administrators and Managers must be in compliance with Level 2 background screening standards
  • Florida AFCH Staff Members must submit to a Level 1 criminal history screening within 10 days of hire
Services and Amenities

indent All Florida Adult Foster Care Homes* (AFCH) must provide residents with the following:
  • Personal Supervision appropriate for each resident
  • Ongoing activities programs in keeping with each resident's needs, abilities, and interests
  • Scheduled activities at least 6 days per week for a total of not less than 12 hours per week (television viewing is not considered an activity to meet this requirement)
  • Arrangements for health care in the form of assisting residents in making appointments and providing appointment reminders
  • Arrange or provide transportation to needed appointments
  • Offer assistance with Activities of Daily Living (ADL) as needed by each resident
  • In facilities where meal service is part of the amenities package, compliance with State of Florida dietary standards is required. Applicable county health department rules pertaining to hygiene, perparation and storage practices must be observed at all times
For further information on required intervals between meals, composition and balance of menu items, theapeutic diet procedures, staffing ratios, full licensing requirements, etc., contact the State of Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) through its website: or by calling (888) 419-3456.