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Choosing Senior Living Options: Assisted Living vs. Nursing Homes

Aug 11, 2011 at 1:35

Providing the best possible care for loved ones is the top concern of many people faced with finding senior living options. Your elderly relatives usually prefer to live at home for as long as possible, but there comes a point where this is no longer safe or beneficial. The first transitional step that many families choose is assisted living concepts. Instead of jumping directly into the full, round the clock care offered by nursing homes, independent seniors can enjoy a happy medium. There are several differences in the level of care that your elderly relative can expect from a nursing home versus an assisted living facility or in-home care.

Nursing Homes

  1. Nursing homes provide 24 hour access to medical care, and complete monitoring of all aspects of health.
  2. At no point in time is the elderly person left alone for long periods of time.
  3. Help is provided with transportation, personal hygiene and any other daily task required.

Assisted living concepts

  1. Help is provided at the level needed by the senior
  2. Emergency medical is available 24 hours a day, but round the clock monitoring is not provided.
  3. Help with daily tasks can be offered in a variety of ways depending on the ability of the senior in question.

Choosing the Right Senior Living Option for Your Loved One

The physical and mental condition of the senior will help you determine which living situation will best suit them. If they are in primarily good physical condition and only need occasional help, assisted living facilities might be best. If they require more consistent help with daily activities, a nursing home might be a more appropriate option. Ultimately, nursing home care is required for many seniors as their health deteriorates. The difficult part is in recognizing when that level of care becomes a necessity. If you have not already made arrangements with a chosen nursing home, it can be difficult to secure a space for an aging relative. Contact local nursing homes now, to make arrangements for the future.