The Differences Between Assisted Living and Nursing Homes

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While some people use the terms assisted living facilities and nursing homes interchangeably, there are key differences between the two. This is particularly important in the wake of COVID-19, as many nursing homes have been negatively portrayed in the media but many assisted living facilities are completely safe with no cases and still accepting patients. How are the two facilities different?

The Similarities

First, there are some similarities between the two communities. Both assist with medication management to keep seniors healthy and offer various community activities that can help meet the emotional and spiritual needs of people who live there. Both are also typically secure environments that offer supportive services to make life easier, like transportation, on-site meals and housekeeping.

The Differences

The critical differences between the two are rooted in what healthcare and medical services they offer. Residents of a nursing home usually have more complex health conditions that require the observation of a therapist or nurse. Others need more advanced care, like respiratory care services. Nursing home residents need monitoring and care around the clock. However, in an assisted living community, residents typically require less care. Many residents need a little extra supervision or might be unsafe living alone due to memory loss, but they do not need 24/7 medical assistance.

Due to these differences, the layouts also differ between nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Nursing homes typically look more like hospitals because of the level of care that residents need. Nursing home residents are also much more likely to be placed in a room with another resident. However, assisted living facilities are more likely to resemble an apartment community or a nice senior living community. Residents have their own, more independent living space that often resembles a nice hotel suite or a traditional apartment. This separation helps to reduce the risk of virus or cold transmission throughout the year. As always, I am here to help you find the right home for your senior loved one.

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Deborah Bakalich, Certified Senior Advisor®
Deborah Bakalich, Certified Senior Advisor®
Owner, Certified Senior Advisor (CSA®) & Assisted Living Placement Specialist - Senior Care Lifestyles, LLC provides compassion, guidance and recommendations to families faced with transitioning a loved one into Assisted Living, Dementia/Alzheimer’s Care, Skilled Nursing, Temporary Respite Care or a Continuous Care Retirement Community. Senior Care Lifestyles was founded in 2014 by Deborah Bakalich, a Certified Senior Advisor and graduate from both Towson University and Stevenson. Senior Care Lifestyles is uniquely positioned as a local (not National) Maryland based placement firm familiar with Maryland senior care facilities and in-state financial assistance programs for senior residents. They meet personally with each family to understand the seniors care needs including medical, personal lifestyle preferences, budget, religion and desired geographic location. They pride themselves in locally guiding and educating families through the entire maze of senior living options available and will schedule tours on behalf of the family and accompany the family on visits of communities. They are passionate and committed to finding the perfect match to call home and stays with the family throughout the entire process, every step of the way, until a decision is made, and the senior is safely moved into their new home. Senior Care Lifestyles can also provide the family with trustworthy, vetted, and reputable experts to assist with the transition for organizing, packing, moving, sale of real estate, estate planning, legal services, and determining eligibility for State, Federal and Veterans Benefits to assist with care costs. Deborah is a proud member of the Maryland Senior Resource Network (MSRN) where she has served as Vice President on the Board of Directors. She is a member of the Alzheimer’s Organization, Society of Certified Senior Advisors, Mid-Atlantic Network Group and a member of the Business Opportunity Network (BON).

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