Nursing Home vs. Assisted Living
Understanding the difference between skilled nursing care and assisted living can be confusing. A skilled nursing facility may be needed if your family member requires: around-the-clock nursing care, medical treatments, IV medications and a level of care just short of a hospital. A nursing home provides, assistance with meals, personal hygiene, medications and more help than the family or present caregiver can provide.
Assisted Living Communities
Assisted living communities are recommended when the senior does not require much medical care but they do need more assistance than can be provided in their home. Assisted living facilities allow residents to live independently in their own “apartment.” Assisted living provides meals, housekeeping and transportation services whether it be to the store, hairdresser/barber or a medical appointment. Assisted living communities have a scheduled calendar of events for residents and their families that may include arts and crafts, and field trips. They may offer assistance with dressing, personal hygiene and medications. Some have a resident doctor and/or registered nurse on staff. Many have secured Alzheimer’s/Dementia units that pay extra close attention to those residents who may stray if left unsupervised.
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