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.