Assisted Living Vs Nursing Homes: What’s the Difference?

Assisted living residences are residential communities that give older adults personalized care in like-home environments, while nursing homes are private facilities that mostly provide medical support and healthcare, especially for elderly people. Let’s see the differences between the two and how to pick the right one for your family members.

Assisted Living Vs Nursing Homes
Assisted Living Vs Nursing Homes

Healthcare Services

Assisted Living

Those that stay in an assisted living residence can receive a wide variety of medical attention based on their individual needs.

Assisted living facilities can provide transportation for residents in need to appointments with doctors, or even offer support when residents need to take medications. A few assisted living residences also have designated areas for those that have dementia or related mental conditions. All in all, an assisted living facility can provide pretty much every need for the residents living there.

In addition, assisted living facilities and nursing homes require plenty of home health aide jobs, so that’s something you should consider.

Nursing Home

Nursing Home
Nursing Home

Residents in a nursing home are provided with medical care by a nursing staff 24/7, especially those that have chronic illnesses. If this is your job, you should follow some practical tips for healthcare facilities in order to offer a much better service.

While some residents live in nursing homes for a long period of time, some only live there for a short while for rehabilitation after staying in a hospital. 

These facilities also offer rehabilitative services such as occupational, physical, speech, respiratory, and hearing therapy if the elderly person requires such services. To provide support for patients during hearing therapies, nursing staff should look for audiologist jobs.

Living Environment

Living Environment
Living Environment

Assisted Living

Those that wish to live in an assisted living facility have plenty of options to choose from, may it be a boarding home, a dormitory, a hotel, or an apartment. The type of facility entirely depends on the resident. They can choose to live independently, or they can share their living space with other residents. Some people actually prefer to share kitchens, living rooms, or even bedrooms with others in order to get more human interactions.

Nursing Home

Residents in a nursing home often have fewer options compared to those living in assisted living facilities. They also have to share rooms with other residents, of course most of them have en-suite bathrooms. Also, these facilities often have a lot of home-like living spaces compared to assisted living ones.

Meals

Meals
Meals

Assisted Living

Residents in an assisted living facility can actually cook meals for themselves. This will give them more freedom and provide the residents with a more home-like environment, making them feel comfortable in the facility.

What’s more, a few facilities even offer free meal deliveries for the residents. Dining rooms are open 24/7 also, so residents can access anytime they want.

Nursing Home

Nursing homes prepare 3 meals a day for their residents. In a nursing home, residents can share their meals and daily activities with others if they wish to. This will maintain and enhance their social interactions and keep their mental health stable. Otherwise, they can have their meals in their own rooms.

Conclusion

Whatever you choose, assisted living or nursing home, they both provide excellent services. Residents can have all their basic needs, from healthcare, living space, to meals and daily activity. Despite their differences, nursing staff should also be aware of the information provided above to fully prepare for the job.