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Nursing home or assisted living facility? What's the difference?

The main difference between a nursing home and an assisted living facility is in the level of care a resident receives and the amount of freedom residents enjoy.

Assisted Living residents receive help in everyday living activities but are capable of handling most daily activities on their own and do not need constant care. Nursing Home residents require constant nursing care and have significant shortcomings in carrying out activities of daily living, so they receive more help and oversight from staff.

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Nursing home or assisted living facility? What's the difference?

  1. 1. Nursing Home or Assisted Living Facility? What’s the Difference? www.aurumnetwork.com
  2. 2. www.aurumnetwork.com The main difference between a nursing home and an assisted living facility is in the level of care a resident receives and the amount of freedom residents enjoy.
  3. 3. www.aurumnetwork.com Assisted Living residents receive help in everyday living activities but are capable of handling most daily activities on their own and do not need constant care. Nursing Home residents require constant nursing care and have significant shortcomings in carrying out activities of daily living, so they receive more help and oversight from staff.
  4. 4. www.aurumnetwork.com Assisted Living Facilities Assisted Living is an indepen- dent option of care that offers protection and personal care support services, such as bathing, grooming, dressing, and toilet- ing. Assisted living facilities are regulated by state law, so services differ from state to state and may include medication assistance as well. The living arrangements at assisted living facilities can be a standalone apartment, studio, or a one- or two-bedroom apartment with kitchenette. The atmosphere is more home-like and while meals may be offered in a dining room, residents may choose to prepare their own meals. Assisted living residents may still drive and come and go freely.
  5. 5. www.aurumnetwork.com Assisted Living Facilities Services may include meals, housekeeping, transportation, health and exercise programs, laundry, and social and recre- ational activities. Assisted living facilities are not covered by health insurance, Medicare or Medicaid. Long- term care insurance may pay for assisted living care and costs will vary depending on the level of care needed and services provided.
  6. 6. www.aurumnetwork.com Nursing Homes Nursing Homes are for those who require constant nursing care and those who have deficiencies in being able to carry out activities of daily living. Residents are unable to live alone and in a nursing home, they receive on-going medi- cal supervision. Nursing home residents are unable to leave their facility on their own and rely on nursing home staff to provide personal care, meals, housekeeping, and social services. Nursing homes provide 24-hour skilled nursing care and medical supervision for critically ill patients that are one step below hospital acute care.
  7. 7. www.aurumnetwork.com Which is best for you or your loved one? The answer to this question lies in the level of care needed to meet the needs required for the long- term. Keep in mind that a nursing home is a clinical care provider with 24/7 licensed skilled nursing care. Nursing homes offer medi- cal services, therapy, and nurs- ing care for residents. A physician supervises each resident’s care and an RN is on site at all times. Occupational or physical ther- apy may be available, as well as speech rehabilitation, intravenous therapy, post-surgical stabiliza- tion, pulmonary management, and wound care. Nursing homes can administer medications.
  8. 8. www.aurumnetwork.com Which is best for you or your loved one? For those who, for one reason or another, can no longer live at home alone, assisted living may the answer. In addition to provid- ing supportive services, assisted living facilities offer a variety of recreational activities and social interaction that counter the loneli- ness and solitary nature of living alone. Assisted living provides a level of independence within the safe environment of community living.
  9. 9. Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Centers Aurum member nursing and rehabilitation centers provide a wide range of high quality medical services including: • Postacute care • Short-term rehabilitation • Respite care • Hospice care • Long-term care Working with each resident and their family members, staff will customize a plan to maximize both self-motivation and func- tional independence. You or your loved one will be in an atmosphere of warmth, respect and understanding. Find an Aurum Member Facility in your Area

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