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Information on Assisted Living and Nursing Homes

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.

31 Responses so far.

  1. Mary says:

    It is a good thing that we have a lot of option when choosing the best care for our elderly. We want the best for them of course and we should select the facility that would best suit their needs.

  2. Chelle Roberts says:

    I love the idea of assisted living. Many of our elderlies still want independence and want to do the usual stuff my themselves and will just ask for help if they need to. Personally. I think this is better than nursing home where patient do not have much freedom as they need to have. Thank you for the information. I think I will consider this first before nursing homes for my elderlies, just in case. Of course, family care is still important, but at least I know. 🙂

  3. Jose says:

    It is very interesting to know the difference between assisted living facilities and nursing homes. I agree that our elderly must be treated well even if it seems that they do not have any value to the society.

  4. Brandie says:

    Knowing the difference between assisted living environments and nursing homes is extremely beneficial to the loved ones needing extra help – and the family members that want the best possible choice for the condition that prevents them from living at home. I feel this article is very informative to anyone stuck regarding the stress of needing to make such a decision for a loved one, and I am pleased with the detailed differentials such as being able to cook, bathe, do laundry, etc. Thank you for the information, it will ease the worries and wonders of many family members on both sides of such a situation.

  5. daphne says:

    Good enough there are health care facilities such as assisted living facility and nursing homes that aid our elderly patients. We may not be at ease that a family member is at home alone. This blog has given us options to the different services of an assisted living facility and nursing homes.

  6. Leila says:

    Not that I am against Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities, but I really think that it is better to take care of your own elderly–not by someone else, or by themselves. Nonetheless, this is very informative and give you the option in case it would really be hard for you to take care of your own elderly. Good to know that there are facilities that cater the needs of our fathers and mothers, or grandfathers and grandmothers having that familiar environment they used to live in. Adjustment would be easier, I guess.

  7. Paul Underwood says:

    Thanks for the notes on care homes. I’m currently going through the possible stage of putting my father into care as he is unable to manage at home and we don’t have a big enough house to accommodate. Having more information on the assisted living is awesome. Thanks for that. Given me plenty to think about.

  8. udayakumar says:

    This is an area which needs special people who can look after the elderly without getting attached to them or reacting in an immature manner. With more and more people joining the work force, it is but inevitable that ageing people will need professional help in assisted living from nursing homes.

  9. Ru says:

    It is wonderful that patient care has been given due attention and there are a lot of options now. while people would like to stay in their own homes it is not always possible, but now there are nursing homes where you get the comforts of home and also the help that you need. this is very comforting

  10. glad says:

    I think i like the idea of this assisted living facility. it gives the patient a sense of independence, though they are still being looked after. Nice one

  11. Timothy Foster says:

    This article was extremely helpful. Finding a nursing home or assisted living home for a loved one can be very stressful. I am glad the difference between the two were broken down so well.

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