Difference Between Assisted Living and Nursing Homes

When your loved can no longer take care of their daily needs while living on their own, it is time to consider the various care options available. The most common care options that seniors are choosing today include assisted living or at home care services allowing them to continue living at home. Here are the primary differences you should take into consideration when choosing between the two:

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•Assisted living centers are residential care centers. This means that your loved one will move into the center and live full time. There are a variety of different styles of assisted living centers. Larger centers are built in more of an apartment building or hotel type style. They offer individual rooms or suites with group multi-purpose rooms for activities and dining. Other assisted living facilities are designed to be more of a home like atmosphere where a fewer number of residents stay. In these smaller facilities each person has their own bedroom in the home and the rest of the facility is laid out with a kitchen and living gathering space. In each case your loved one will most likely be allowed to decorate their own space, but the common areas are decorated by the facility.

•Living at home is just that. Your loved one is not required to move. They are allowed to stay in their own home surrounded by all of their own things. Services are provided in their own home by qualified care professionals. This reduces the stress that your loved one has to go through by alleviating the pressure of having to leave familiar surroundings or having to part with their own things.

•Assisted living facilities can offer scheduled activities and around the clock care. The advantages of choosing an assisted living facility include the additional services that your loved one can receive when living there. Assisted living facilities will often plan group activities and outings for their residents. They will ensure that not only are all of the physical needs of your loved one being bet but will make efforts to ensure they have social opportunities as well. In addition to activities and events, when living in an assisted living facility there is always someone there with them to meet immediate needs no matter what time they occur. Each room is often equipped with a call button that will bring needed aid immediately.

•Living at home means that your loved one continues on the same routine they have been on. There are no additional activities and outings planned by caregivers, but those activities your loved one was already involved in can continue. Your loved one will have new social interaction with their caregiver, as often the caregiver will serve as a companion as well. One other important thing to consider when your loved one wants to remain living at home is how to deal with around the clock needs or emergencies. Because an at home caregiver only comes during assigned hours there are many times that your loved one will be alone. In these cases you may want to consider an alert system that they have immediate access to in case of the need of help.
There are many factors to consider when choosing between moving your loved one to an assisted living facility or finding a live at home option. Consider their mobility, their health, their current lifestyle, and the advantages and disadvantages offered by each option. With their overall wellbeing in mind you will be able to make a decision that will best meet their needs and provide the services necessary.

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