Assisted living services may be a better choice for some people rather than being in a nursing home. We will be identifying the reasons for this, and then help you understand which one is best for you or your older loved one.
The Differences Between Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Services
Nursing homes are places where people live in a room with 24/7 staff assistance. Meals are provided in a common area, along with some social activities.
There may be a doctor and/or nurse on staff to help with any medical needs during the rehab process, or a medical professional may drop in each day for check-ups.
Assisted living services provide people what they need while they remain at home. The main difference from nursing homes is that they there isn’t care 24/7. The older individual will remain at home, and people will come to the home to help the person.
For instance, meals may be delivered to the home. Some meal delivery services may provide hot meals, or they may be frozen and need to be heated. A nurse may come visit each day for a check-up and check on medications. A senior living assistant may come each day to help with cleaning and tidying up the living area, and help with activities of daily living, such as bathing and other hygiene needs.
The benefit of assisted living services is that the person stays in his/her home, which can feel much better and be much less stressful than living in a nursing home. And generally less stressful living amounts to more healthy living. And of course healthy living is one of the main goals, so assisted living services may be the preferred choice.
However, there are times when someone does need to rehabilitate at a nursing home facility.
Why Someone Needs a Nursing Home Facility
The following are the reasons someone should use a nursing home facility for rehabilitation:
● The rehabilitation process may need to be monitored much more closely requiring medical assistance quickly if anything goes awry.
● The person is not able to heat up meals in the home safely, especially during recovery.
● Medications need to be administered.
● The home is not appropriate in size and decor, and can be a fall risk as the older person is recovering.
When Assisted Living Services Can Help
The following are when assisted living services are better suited for an older individual:
● The rehabilitation process is not risky and the person only needs medical monitoring once a day or every other day.
● The person is able to take medication independently.
● Meals can be delivered warm or the person can warm up his/her food.
● The home is not a safety hazard for the person.
It really has to do with the level of care the person needs during rehab.
How ElderCare Connections Can Help
If you’re wondering how ElderCare Connections can help, contact us. We can review you and your loved one’s exact needs during rehabilitation and see if assisted living or a nursing home would be best. We are experts when it comes to senior placements services, so you can trust us to help you choose the best care during this time.