National Assisted Living Week wraps up today, but it is an important reminder and call to appreciate the many people living and working in assisted living. However, you may be asking yourself, “How is it any different than a nursing home, and is it right for me or my loved one?” We’ve got a few things for you to consider.
In a nursing home, care is provided at all levels round the clock. A care setting like this is for individuals who are in need of consistent and regular attention, from morning till night. They include regular meals provided by the facility, constant aid in mobility and hygiene, 24-hour supervision, and scheduled social activities, such as performances and games. Medication is managed and administered on a daily basis as well. Generally speaking, nursing homes are more expensive than assisted living, and with less privacy.
Assisted living facilities can vary widely in what they offer. On the whole, these types of facilities allow for more freedom based on the needs of the individual. They are for those who can afford to live relatively independent lives but are in need of some aid from day to day. This aid can include transportation and meals, as well as daily activities, such as dressing and bathing. These places usually consist of larger communities in which residents are more responsible for themselves and what they do with their day. Often, they live in apartment-style settings and a variety of activities are offered, including physical exercise, social activities and religious services.
Which is better for me?
When deciding if you or a loved one would be better off in a nursing home or assisted living, it’s important to consider what your needs consist of. How much help is needed to do simple tasks like standing, walking, eating or using the bathroom? If more privacy and independence are priorities for you or your loved one, and more constant care isn’t needed, an assisted living situation may be beneficial. On the other hand, some individuals may need the higher level of concentrated care offered by a nursing home. If this is the case, it may give you peace that your family member is being given the treatment and attention to live in as much comfort as possible. Also, how much are you willing or able to pay? Assisted living is generally paid for privately or through long term care insurance. Depending on your needs, nursing home care may be at least partially covered by medicaid.
When choosing between a nursing home and an assisted living facility, one should be aware of all the benefits and potential disadvantages of either option. Thankfully, we at Sage are well versed in all the ins and outs of long-term care facilities in the San Antonio area. If you have questions, we have answers. Contact us today.