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What Is the Difference Between Assisted Living and Nursing Home Care?

When it becomes harder for your loved ones to take care of themselves, you want to connect them with the parties that will make their daily lives more manageable. In some cases, this means moving your loved one into an assisted care facility. In others, it means researching the high-quality nursing homes in your area.

There are distinctions between assisted living services and nursing homes that you need to consider before you move your loved one, though. When you consider how these services vary in range, atmosphere, and cost, you can more effectively determine which outlet may be the best for an elderly loved one.

Assessing Provided Services Between Assisted Living and Nursing Homes

While assisted living services and nursing homes may seem similar, their provided services can help distinguish between the two. Nursing homes tend to provide more comprehensive care than assisted living facilities. For example, assisted living facility residents may still be permitted to drive, purchase groceries, and conduct daily responsibilities on their own.

Comparatively, nursing home residents benefit from hour-by-hour care. This comprehensive oversight allows a nursing home’s staff to provide their residents with continual health and wellness support.

In other words, assisted living facilities are ideal for elders who need small bursts of assistance to live their lives. Nursing homes, comparatively, are better for elders in need of more hands-on care.

The Atmosphere in Assisted Living Facilities and Nursing Homes

Both assisted living facilities and nursing homes are community-oriented. That said, assisted living facilities tend to encourage more independent connections than nursing homes. For example, both of these facilities host regular recreational events designed to promote resident interaction and enrichment.

That said, nursing home facilities may be more limited in their ability to host certain events. Comparatively, assisted living facilities can use extensive acreage and facilities to keep their residents active.

Of course, a facility’s ability to serve its residents it’s going to fluctuate depending on that facility’s funding. If you want to place your loved one in a facility that best suits their needs, consider researching the atmosphere that each of your local lots promotes. Tours and interviews can help you pick the best location for your loved one.

The Cost of Assisted Living and Nursing Homes

No one wants residency costs to stand in the way of the care that their loved ones need. However, one of the biggest differences between assisted living facilities and nursing homes does tend to be the price tag. When you turn to tools like long-term care calculators, you can determine which of these means of support may better fit your budget.

On average, assisted living facilities tend to be less expensive than nursing homes. However, the cost of a nursing home can vary depending on the room that you’d like your loved one to be in. You can learn more about the cost of assisted living and nursing home facilities when researching the locations that may best serve your loved one. 

Be sure to watch out for hidden costs, including community fees, recreational fees, and utilities. If you’re not sure if a facility’s fees seem reasonable, you can bring your loved one’s bill to a nursing home attorney in New York.

Assisted Living and Nursing Homes Should Protect Your Loved Ones

As a person gets older, it becomes more difficult to ensure that they are not being taken advantage of. Whether your loved one benefits from assisted living facilities or nursing home oversight, it is important to watch for signs of mistreatment. If you suspect a loved one has fallen victim to elder abuse, you can contact Dalli & Marino, LLP, to take legal action.

Our elder abuse lawyers can assess the way assisted living facilities or nursing homes have treated your loved one in the past. We can then use any signs of abuse we find to establish liability and fight for your compensation. For more information about elder abuse cases involving assisted living and/or nursing home care, contact us online or call (888) 465-8790. We also speak Spanish.


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