Assisted Living vs. Nursing Homes

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Assisted Living Communities came about during the 1990’s, offering something different than the institutional setting found in Nursing Homes at the time. Seniors who wished to recieve assistance with daily living in a more home-like atmosphere have been opting for Assisted Living ever since.

Assisted Living

The living quarters of Assisted Living Communities often consist of private apartments or rooms that are furnished and decorated with the residents’ own belongings. Privacy is respected whenever possible by staff and nurses promoting an atmosphere of independence and autonomy. However, meals may be shared in a group setting and laundry and housekeeping services are usually included.

Most Assisted Living Communities offer help with a number of activities of daily living. These may include, but may not be limited to, dressing, eating, bathing and toileting. In addition, some Assisted Living Communities may offer memory or Alzheimer’s care services. Aids are usually on hand 24 hours a day to assist residents. Be sure to ask any Assistant Living Community you are considering what their average Aid to resident ratio is. Ensuring that enough help is available for you or you loved one may be a deciding factor when evaluating Assisted Living Communities.

Nursing Homes

Also called skilled nursing facilities, Nursing Homes provide close medical attention 24 hours a day.  Seniors who suffer from debilitating medical problems and need a great deal of assistance with activities of daily living may need the level of care available at a nursing home. Nursing Homes help with residents with medication dispersal, offer access to physical and occupational therapists and include constant medical supervision.

Which option suits you or your loved one?

The question of which living environment is best for you still remains. The trick is to decide what level of care meets your needs and will continue to do so for the forseeable future. For additional help deciding which option is for you, see our article, “Understanding Levels of Senior Care,” or call us directly and we’d be happy to answer any questions you may have.

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