There comes a time for some when they need to place a loved one in an assisted living facility or a nursing home. Often this happens when a loved one becomes ill, has suffered an accident or has aging concerns. Of course, leaving a family member alone in his or her home is not a good option, especially when he or she is unable to care for their personal needs without needing a lot of help.
A loved one who is not doing well often needs extensive care. However, most caregivers are not able to put careers or family on hold. But there are many good caregiving facilities in each state, and that makes this kind of decision easier to make.
These facilities may look similar, but they have many differences. Assisted living facilities work well for those who can take care of their basic needs. Assisted living facilities offer a kind of apartment style living that makes the resident feel independent and at home. At most assisted living facilities, a person can bathe, clean, cook and live a more independent lifestyle.
In an assisted living facility, a person can also get help with laundry, shopping, cleaning and medical help. He or she may go to the bathroom, brush their teeth or do other personal care actions on their own.
To be clear, there are differences with a nursing home. In a nursing home, residents have several different levels of help.
In contrast, a nursing home may gently guide some toward living in an assisted living center, while giving help to others who must continue in a more permanent way. The staff of a nursing home employs people who are effective and special. They are people who can make a difference in the lives of their patients and the families who love them.