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Differentiating Assisted Living and Nursing Home

Posted by on Mar 28, 2016 in Retirement Care | 0 comments

When we are presented with a situation where our loved ones, especially the elderly, need special care that we are not able to provide ourselves, we often think of sending them to a home facility, according to SeniorAdvice.com. Usually, people associate it with nursing homes. While that is not uncommon to contemplate on, we might just be mistaking nursing homes for assisted living homes. These two kinds of care facilities cater to the elderly, but they have monumental differences which we should not overlook. This way, we can give our loved ones the best care they deserve while also being efficient, especially in costs. According to the New York State Office for theĀ Aging, there are over 1.25 million seniors over the age of 75 in New York alone.

Assisted living provides assistance to the elderly while they are doing their daily tasks, such as bathing, eating, and dressing up. It could easily mean an alternative for the elder’s actual home. Typically, assisted living homes are equipped with social centers where the residents could interact with their fellow residents in order to not feel isolated. Assisted living homes provide a healthier environment to make the elder’s daily life more lively. Sometimes, families in the country move their elders to assisted living mainly for easy access to socialization, which is an important aspect in anyone’s life.

Nursing homes, on the other hand, are geared towards a specific goal. They have doctors and nurses who will attend to the health needs required by the patient. Usually, residents in nursing homes are those who have ailments that need to be monitored crucially. According to caring.com, nursing homes are more like hospitals, in the sense that its focus is the medical needs of the patient, as opposed to assisted living homes which is a normal home that provides community involvement for the elder.

Before deciding which one to choose for your loved ones, make sure that you have carefully reviewed the facts and the differences between nursing homes and assisted living homes. Doing this could mean that you will be able to save more money by giving only what is actually needed and so that you may avoid availing services that will be irrelevant to your elder’s needs.

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