Assisted Living vs. Nursing Homes: Five Differences

Posted on November 1, 2016 · Posted in Grand Oaks

Assisted living communities and nursing homes are often considered one and the same. Although both places offer care and assistance to residents, there are in fact several differences between the two. Here are five differences to help you remember which is which.

Levels of Care – The number one difference between assisted living communities and nursing homes is the level of care provided to residents. At an assisted living community, residents are assisted with activities of daily living such as dressing, bathing, and grooming. In a nursing home, residents are regularly provided with skilled nursing services such as administering and monitoring medications and wound care. Generally, assisted living communities do not assist residents with medical services, whereas nursing homes do.

Independence – A big difference between the two is independence. Residents at an assisted living community are still essentially capable of living independently with help available as needed. They are offered a wide array of activities to participate in whenever they’d like. Residents at a nursing home are typically under continual medical supervision and require assistance with most of their daily activities. Events and opportunities to socialize are still offered but are typically less involved at nursing homes due to a majority of residents being unwell or on bed-rest.

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Forms of Payment – While the bulk of an individual’s nursing home costs are often covered by Medicaid, most assisted living residents pay out of pocket. However some communities, including Grand Oaks of Okeechobee, offer waiver programs where residents can use Medicaid to cover some of the costs of assisted living.

Cost – Long-term care facilities are generally more expensive than assisted living communities due to the around-the-clock care and skilled nursing required at nursing homes. Residents at assisted living communities normally require less assistance and supervision than those in nursing homes, keeping the costs a bit lower.

Permanence – Skilled nursing facilities are generally meant for short-term stays after hospitalization or a severe decline in health. Assisted living communities are meant as a permanent place of residence for individuals to receive assistance as needed.

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