3 Main Differences Between Assisted Living and Nursing Homes
Simply put, assisted living offers a homey, social environment where individuals can receive personal care, whereas nursing homes provide round the clock medical and personal care in a more clinical setting.
However, the three areas that best describe the differences between assisted living and nursing homes are who moves to these communities, their costs, and the type of community.
Who You Will See
Nursing homes are for individuals who need highly skilled medical care around the clock. Their conditions are often more complex and serious, requiring more highly trained and qualified staff, typically a nurse, physical therapist, or occupational therapist.
What You Will Pay
This same price is the average minimum for a month’s stay in a nursing home. You can read more about what is included in the monthly rent here.
However, because the focus of a nursing home is on medical care, not community, Medicare or Medicaid often cover all or a portion of the cost. Assisted living, on the other hand, is rarely covered by Medicare or Medicaid because it is more akin to a regular living situation.
Where People Live
Residents also typically share rooms with each other and have very little options on that end unless they are privately paying.
Assisted living communities, on the other hand, tend to resemble apartments. Residents have a host of options when it comes to accommodation, from private apartments to cottages.
The communities themselves are also designed to offer a homey environment with a lived in feel. In an assisted living community, you might find libraries or living rooms and common areas built for the residents to interact with one another.
Which is Right for You or Your Loved One
If assistance with daily tasks like getting dressed or remembering to take a medication is the main need, then assisted living might be the best option.
Sometimes, people just need a few months of highly skilled care, such as those who have had a bad fall or are recovering from a stroke. These individuals will spend a few months in a nursing home and then move to assisted living.
So, keep in mind that you have options, but the level of care needed should always be put at the forefront.
The Retreat at Sunny Vista has been serving Colorado Springs families since 1911. Our goal is to provide the right care at the right time to allow your loved one to feel supported and encouraged in every endeavor.
At the Retreat, we believe in resident-directed care, and encourage residents to live as independently as possible while being supported by our caring and trained team members. Contact us today with questions or to schedule a Live Virtual Tour.