When an elderly loved one comes to the point in life when they can no longer take care of themselves from day to day, it may become necessary to find a facility where their needs can be met. Two of the most common options are assisted living facilities and nursing homes. But what is the difference between the two? Following is basic information about each that may help you in determining the best option for your loved one.
What’s the Difference?
The main difference is that an assisted living facility provides various levels of support for people who are still somewhat independent – while a nursing home provides 24/7 support and healthcare for people with severe physical or mental conditions.
Also known as a skilled nursing facility, a nursing home provides 24-hour care for people who need a high level of medical care, daily assistance and/or monitoring. These facilities are supervised by doctors and always have nurses on duty – as well as physical therapists and other medical professionals.
These facilities are ideal for people who are still somewhat independent but also need assistance with things like personal hygiene, dressing, taking their daily medication, etc. Many also offer services such as light housekeeping, laundry and dining facilities. These facilities also usually have nurses on site 24 hours a day to help ensure the well-being of residents.
Whether you choose a nursing home or assisted living facility for your loved one, it’s important that the facility have a strong reputation for providing a high level of care. Facilities that hire personnel who lack training, are overworked or work under poor conditions increase the chances of elder abuse occurring.