Assisted Living or Nursing Homes – What You Need to Know

As your parent’s age, the responsibility of making important decisions for them lies on your shoulders. One major decision you will have to make is of their caring and assistance.

In many cases, the elderly are taken care of by caregivers who are usually certified employees of an agency or family members. While it may work for a while, the setup is not long lasting. Sooner or later, you will have to come up with a more permanent solution, since there may come a time when your parents are in need of more comprehensive care, especially as their health degenerates or they lose a partner or a loved one.  

A great way to provide for the essential needs of an elderly loved one is to go to a licensed nursing or assisted living facility. It will not only take care of your parent’s needs,but also reduce their loneliness and isolation.

However, it is important for you to know what type of living will suit your parents/grandparents more. You must know whether they need a nursing home or just assisted living. Be sure that you choose the right service for your loved ones when the time comes.

What Is Assisted Living?

Typically known as personal care homes, these are less structured services than nursing homes. The level of services they provide will depend on different facilities, though. Assisted living provides a separate apartment for people, but the meal and exercise areas are in a common area.

The typical services included in assisted living faciliteis are as follows:

  •    Meals (3 times a day)
  •    Transportation
  •    Security
  •    Availability of nursing advice
  •    Housekeeping
  •    Laundry services
  •    Assistance with day to day tasks such as dressing, eating, and bathing
  •    Medication management

People opting for assisted living facilities have greater independence as compared to nursing homes. However, the medical facilities are also fewer. The medical care may not be available on site, but the facility staff are always in contact with outside medical professionals if the need arises.

All assisted living facilities are regulated by the Department of Social Services, but bear in mind that although these residences  provide more independence for senior citizens, they are also very expense. Typical assisted living costs for one individual can run from $4000 per month to $8000 per month.

Nursing Homes

Also called convalescent care homes. These are long-term care facilities that not only provide the services given by assisted living facilities, but also provides continuous supervision and medical care for the residents.

There are a few nursing homes which give the feeling of a neighborhood and even let couples live there. Although it is in a hospital setting, providing 24-hour medical care and nursing, but it also provides a homey feeling.

This is a better option for your loved ones if they are in need of continuous medical care and assistance. The nursing homes are regulated by the Department Of Health And Human Services.  

While the services provided by the nursing homes are extensive as compared to assisted living, its prices are also double than that of assisted living; however, Medicare can pay for a time, then Medicaid will pay for the remaining time the individual is a resident there.

When making the final decision, you must consider all the above factors. You must also know what type of care your loved ones requires. If deteriorating health is not an issue and all that your parents/grandparents need is a little assistance with daily tasks, then assisted living will be sufficient. However, if they are in need of constant monitoring, then you must consider nursing homes.  

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