Would your loved be one more suited to a Nursing Home or Assisted Living
There has been many negative publications about Nursing Homes across the globe due to the pandemic. People are beginning to investigate whether their loved ones would be more suited to Nursing Homes or Assisted Living.
It can be a difficult and emotional choice to start looking for care outside the home for your ageing loved ones. As the primary carer, there are two main factors to take into consideration: the level of care needed and what it will cost.
There is no universal approach for ageing loved ones
Whether your ageing relative needs a lot of help with basic daily tasks or simply needs a constructive, active environment, nursing homes and assisted living can both be successful. Knowing the difference between the two can help you decide what is best for your family.
Senior living communities come in many shapes and sizes, and there is no universal approach for ageing loved ones.
The differences between assisted living and nursing homes.
Assisted living communities are a unique option for older adults who are mostly independent but require some assistance with day-to-day living. Nursing homes are designed for seniors who require 24-hour medical supervision. This my be due to physical or mental conditions that leave them unable to care for themselves.
What is assisted living?
Assisted living is a great housing choice for seniors who are no longer capable of living alone but want to maintain a social, active lifestyle.
Assisted living communities may offer:
- Fully furnished and equipped homes
- Smoke detector, burglar alarm and nurse call system
- Laundry and house cleaning
- Regular refuse collection and window cleaning
- Shopping delivery service
- Activity programme
- Maintenance of house exteriors
What is a nursing home?
Nursing homes or convalescent homes are for seniors who require 24-hour monitoring and medical assistance.
Nursing home residents typically suffer from severe, debilitating physical or mental conditions that leave them unable to live independently. They may be bedridden, wheelchair-bound, or in need of daily skilled nursing care.
The goal of a nursing home is to ensure the safety and comfort of older adults who need round-the-clock care.
Nursing homes offer:
- Ongoing palliative and preventative long-term care
- Prescription medication management and administration, including injections
In the past several decades, senior living choices have expanded as the needs and expectations of older adults have changed. Finding the right option that meets your loved one’s needs is an important part of keeping them healthy, active, and safe.
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