Posted on Mar 12, 2020 in Assisted Living
Are you reaching that stage in life where you need some assistance with daily living? If so, you might be a little confused about the difference between assisted living facilities and nursing homes. We’re here to clear that up for you today.
If you’re completely dependent on others for your daily living and chores at home, you’ll likely find better support in a nursing home. If you’re more independent but need a little assistance from time to time, assisted care facilities makes a neat fit.
With over 15,000 nursing homes and 30,000 assisted care communities in the US according to the CDC, you’re spoiled for choice. Today, we’re here to pit these two forms of senior care head-to-head so you can see which makes the best fit as you enter your golden years.
In a Landmark assisted living community, people live in a private or shared apartment and receive support with their daily activities.
People in our assisted living facilities are able to cook and carry out their own chores but they might need a bit of extra help with things like shopping or taking out the trash.
With assisted living, there is typically a focus on socializing with a program offering social activities like days out, gardening groups, or theater outings. If someone no longer wants to live alone, moving to an assisted living community allows them to enjoy an active social program and the company of others.
Landmark senior living communities feel more like home, whereas nursing homes are organized more like a hospital.
Nursing homes provide a higher level of skilled care and assistance for people who are no longer able to care for themselves.
The set-up of nursing homes is clinical. It’s much tougher to feel like you’re at home in a nursing home than an assisted living community.
Both nursing homes and assisted living organizations provide assistance with activities of daily living (ADL) such as bathing, dressing, and personal care.
It’s quite possible for someone with the early stages of dementia to move to a Landmark assisted living unit. Indeed, the social aspect of an assisted living program may well be beneficial for someone with dementia.
However, if their dementia worsens, they will need to move to a nursing home for more care.
Loneliness increases the likelihood of Alzheimer’s. Insufficient contact with family, friends, and the community can cause inflammation in the brain. Inflammation can lead to other diseases such as heart disease and Parkinson’s so assisted living can improve life for socially isolated people and potentially slow the symptoms of dementia.
We’ll now examine these different types of senior care across all the categories that count:
Landmark assisted living facilities have the potential to reduce loneliness in seniors. Regular daily contact with others in assisted living gives opportunities to develop meaningful relationships with others.
Assisted living centers allow seniors to retain more autonomy and independence than people in nursing homes. They can come and go as they please, and may even be able to keep a car.
In nursing homes, people are not expected to manage their own medication as it’s likely they will have lost the faculty to do so.
In assisted living communities, it’s generally assumed that residents are able to keep tabs on their medication. If they need help, medication management is an option.
Residents in assisted living should be fairly mobile and independent. If they do need mobility assistance, it will usually be in the form of a wheelchair or crutches.
Nursing home residents, on the other hand, might have severely limited mobility and be wheelchair-bound, requiring more help going to the bathroom and getting around.
Both types of facility are designed with their intended purpose in mind so your needs should be met if you make the right choice of care facility.
When living in assisted living, residents are usually responsible for keeping doctor’s appointments, or wait until visiting doctors come to the facility. In nursing homes, medical staff are normally based on-site.
Laundry is charged as an extra service, or included in the rent, depending on the assisted living facility you move into.
In nursing homes, laundry is included in the overall cost. That said, the overall cost is likely to be much higher.
Pets are generally allowed in assisted living centers with the exception of fish since the tanks are considered a health and safety hazard if they smash.
Pets are not permitted in nursing homes.
Assisted living arrangements feel more like a home. People live in a private or shared apartment. They can bring in their own furniture and retain quite a bit of privacy.
Nursing homes are laid out like a hospital environment with little to no privacy.
In nursing homes, all meals are provided.
Assisted living centers, however, often provide small kitchens so residents are able to prepare their own meals if they wish. They may also go to the dining room and receive 3 chef prepared meals per day.
People who move to assisted living centers are generally self-funded or utilize government funding through medicare, medicaid and social security. To cover the cost of care in senior life, private life insurance policies are necessary to cover out of pocket costs.
Medicare and Medicaid can cover nursing home costs for those who are eligible. Everyone is entitled to Medicaid coverage as you contribute towards this throughout your working life. Nursing home and hospice care is covered by Part A Medicare.
As we’re sure you can see, Landmark Senior Living’s assisted living communities win out over nursing homes. You’ll get a much more relaxed environment, ample chance to socialize and you can remain independent at the same time.
Here at Landmark Senior Living, we’re proud of our five assisted living communities. If you feel like you need some help while still living life on your own terms, call us today. We’ll be happy to arrange a free tour of the nearest and most suitable community for you.