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Transitioning A Loved One To An Assisted Care Or Nursing Facility

Many families eventually face decisions concerning long-term care for an elderly relative. For many, the options include a nursing home or an assisted living facility. Accidents, illness or the natural aging process often initiate the decision, but once the loved one can no longer meet his personal needs without assistance, leaving him at home alone cannot remain as a choice.

When a family member reaches this point, most people do not have the luxury of putting family or careers on hold to ensure the loved one receives the extensive care he needs. While most face this decision with some sadness, there are excellent options in every state in the United States. When families face these decisions, options include both assisted living facilities and nursing homes.

Although the two are often confused, the services they offer very greatly. An assisted living facility offers help for individuals or couples who are unable to provide for their own basic care. These facilities offer a dwelling similar to an apartment that gives the resident a more at home feeling. It gives them the option to remain somewhat independent by bathing, cooking and cleaning for themselves.

At the assisted living facility, they can have help with cooking, laundry, cleaning, shopping or medical attention when necessary. In contrast, the nursing home setting is very different. In a nursing home, residents have different levels of function. Some may be able to take care of personal needs such as brushing their teeth or getting to the restroom, while others do not.

While some nursing home residents will remain there permanently, others are working toward a goal of moving into an assisted living facility. In both facilities, the nursing staff includes special people who are hardworking and caring. The staff makes a big difference in the lives of residents who live there as well as the patients’ families.

13 Responses so far.

  1. TiyahMiah says:

    Depending on the individual circumstances both situations have their benefits as long as the family of the individual maintains contact and visits regularly the older person will still feel like they are cared for.

  2. Vanessa says:

    It can be hard to put your loved one in a nursing facility, but at the end of the day you are doing it for their benefit. There comes a certain point and time in people’s lives when they can no longer do things on there own. As long as you visit your loved ones I’m sure they will get used to not living at home. They will give proper care and attention that you won’t be able to do 24/7.

  3. Allen Jackson says:

    The elders in our family usually say they prefer to stay in a Nursing Home, but my cousins and I know better. Our elders say that but what they really want is for us to choose and say for them to stay with family. We don’t mind. For us, Assisted Care is the more “family” thing to choose.

  4. Joan says:

    I would rather hire a personal nurse for my loved ones to take care of them than send them to a nursing facility. At least, we could see each other every day and I could attend and personally take care of them if I have time.

  5. Yuen Ling Elaine Au Yeung says:

    “These facilities offer a dwelling similar to an apartment that gives the resident a more at home feeling”. What I think that, if a dwelling gives residents a warm feeling, they might more appreciate for others.

  6. FAN says:

    Assisted care has certainly the advantage of making the costumer feel more independent. Although at the moment of deciding where to relocate the love one, it will be a matter of how independent he or she is. But at the end of the day, the quality of life would depend on how much contact they have with the world outside. Visiting them every once in a while is crucial and putting elders in touch with the young ones is always revitalising for them.

  7. Jaelynn says:

    I know a lot of people who have struggled with the decision to put their aging parent(s) in an assisted care home or a nursing home and know of even more who have struggled trying to keep up with the demands of caring for their elderly parent or parents because the cost of a good home is often more than they can afford. The wait lists for subsidized homes are prohibitive and in my father’s case, he wound up in the hospital where he bravely chose to stop taking life prolonging medication rather than live at the mercy of an overworked and understaffed hospital team. I think if he could have been in a nursing home where he could have felt more like a person and less like a medical case, he would have chosen to stay alive a little longer. As long as people still feel that their life fills a purpose, they will fight to carry on. The hospital took away all of my dad’s pride and made him feel like a big burden. Make sure that you let your elderly relatives know that they still have value by asking for their wisdom and letting them know you love them.

  8. Crystal says:

    I think it all boils down to your loved ones’ level of function. An assisted living facility is more homey because most residents are able to function on their own or requires minimal assistance with chores (or with medications). But if your parents or grandparents aren’t able to care for themselves or have a medical condition that needs supervision/monitoring, then a nursing facility is best.

  9. Sam says:

    My grandpa refuses to leave his house! He’s so stubborn and proud because he’d been independent all his life. But his health has been declining fast. It’s about time we convince him to atleast try assisted care.

  10. Ruth says:

    It pains me to have to ask my mum to move to a facility because she can’t be left alone anymore. I’ve heard about visiting nurses, but they’re bloody expensive isn’t it? I hope she’ll realise that moving an assisted living facility is for her own good.

  11. sergy says:

    Assisted care is always good since the elderly parents will still be around us which will help them feel more comfortable and not seen as a burden because they can even help in some of the chores.If it reaches a point where our parents need more attention more so in carrying out personal needs such as brushing of there teeth it is advisable to take them to the nursing homes where there are trained people who will help them.

  12. Jerry Turner says:

    I thought that assisted living facilities and nursing homes are the same. This article sure cleared things up. Thanks!

  13. Ken U. says:

    Assisted Living Facilities do sound more homey. From my understanding, it is basically like a small village or apartment complex where elders can live the way they normally do but have a better access to other forms of care or assistance. I’d prefer to end up in one when I get to that age.

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