Not all senior living options are the same. That’s because not all seniors have the same needs and desires for their living arrangements. It means that there are plenty of options for senior living communities, including assisted living communities and nursing homes.
If you’re unclear about the differences between a nursing home and an assisted living community, this information will help.
What is a Nursing Home?
A nursing home is a place where 24-hour nursing care is provided for residents who live in private or semiprivate rooms. Your loved one might be a good candidate for a nursing home if he or she is in need of skilled medical care for a chronic illness.
And most residents of a nursing home also require assistance with basic living tasks, such as eating, bathing, dressing and managing medications.
While nursing homes are usually associated with long-term residency, seniors may also be admitted to a nursing home on a temporary basis. A short-term stay at a skilled nursing center could be an option for your loved one as he or she recuperates from an illness, injury, or surgery.
What is an Assisted Living Community?
Like its name suggests, an assisted living community has a professional staff dedicated to providing personal care and assistance to residents. These are the tasks and activities associated with the activities of daily living. They include bathing, grooming, toileting, medication management and more.
Upon moving into an assisted living community, your loved one’s needs will be assessed. This helps to ensure that the right amount of assistance can be provided when and if it is needed.
Assisted living communities are vibrant places in which to live. Many of the communities offer private apartment-style living with a variety of floor plans from which to choose. A chef cooks three hot meals a day, and housekeeping services are usually included.
Residents of assisted living communities enjoy social activities both on and off campus. These include lectures, book groups, shopping trips, and cultural outings.
How Do I Know Which Senior Care Option is Right for My Loved One?
Encouraging your senior loved one to move to an assisted living community or a nursing home isn’t always easy for families to do. The decision should be based on your loved one’s needs, hopes and interests.
Remember when you are making this decision that not all assisted living communities or nursing homes are the same. That’s why it’s important to do your research. Cost will also be a factor as nursing homes are often double and triple the rate of assisted living.
Carefully and thoughtfully learn as much as you can about the senior living communities you are considering. Arrange for at least one tour of each community. Create a list of questions you need answered and be comfortable asking as many as you need to. So when the time comes to make your final choice, you will feel confident that your senior loved one is in capable hands in a community they feel comfortable calling “home.”