Sadly, at some point many families must consider placing a loved one in a nursing home or an assisted living facility. This is generally due to an illness, accident or their loved ones simply growing older. When loved ones are unable to care for their personal needs without a great amount of help, leaving them at home alone is not a choice.
Unfortunately many people are unable to pause their careers or family lives to provide the extensive care a loved one needs. These are sad times indeed, but thankfully there are numerous excellent care giving centers in every state. When checking into around-the-clock care for a loved one, the topic of the difference in an assisted living facility versus a nursing home often comes up.
Though it may seem these care facilities are the same, they differ greatly. Individuals or couples that are able to provide their own basic care often qualify for an assisted living facility. This facility basically provides an apartment type of dwelling that enables people to feel more at home. They can cook, clean, bathe, and remain somewhat independent.
Assistance with cooking, cleaning, laundry, shopping, and medical attention are always available for those living in an assisted living facility. The nursing home setting is entirely different. In this facility residents will function on different levels. Some may be able to do certain things such as getting to the restroom, brushing their teeth, or other similar personal care tasks.
A nursing home can be home to individuals that must stay permanently, as well as those who are working towards the goal of transferring to an assisted living facility. The nursing staff working at either type of facility is comprised of very special people. They are hardworking caring people that really make a huge difference in the lives of their patients and their families.