Assisted Living vs. Nursing Home Care – Understanding the Options
Assisted living is typically defined as a long-term care option that combines housing, support services and health care. Assisted living is designed for individuals who require assistance with activities in daily living, for example – meals, medication management and possibly assistance with bathing, dressing and transportation. Assisted Living “bridges the gap” between Independent Living and Nursing Home care. It is important to remember that because “Assisted Living” is not a government defined term, actual services offered vary from community to community.
Assisted living is the fastest growing long-term care option for seniors – Due to the varied preferences and needs of the elderly, there are a variety of settings from which to choose. These choices range from high-rise buildings to one-story Victorian mansions to large multi-acre campuses.
Assisted Living communities differ from Nursing Homes in that they don’t offer complex medical services.
Assisted Living residents are seniors that have typically had a slight decline in health in some way. It appeals to seniors who would like to live in a social environment with few responsibilities, yet also providing easy access to non-skilled care.
Typical Services Offered in Assisted Living Communities
Assisted living communities provide more personal care services than an independent living retirement community. They offer a less-expensive, residential approach to delivering many of the same services available in skilled nursing, either by employing personal care staff or contracting with home health agencies and other outside professionals. Learn more about assisted living services and amenities.