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Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Communities; What’s The Difference?

Knowing which type of care facility to transition your loved one into can be difficult. Below, we have detailed the key differences in services offered in nursing homes versus assisted living communities.

Assisted Living Communities Offer:

Maintenance-free living
A home-like atmosphere
Meal plans
Laundry services
Housekeeping
Assistance with personal needs
A healthy living environment
Daily social activities
Your senior is a good candidate for an assisted living community if he still maintains a level of independence regarding daily?life activities. For example, he may have trouble using a ladder to change a light bulb, but has no trouble brushing his teeth. Assisted living communities focus on social engagement and more closely resemble a home.

Nursing Homes Offer:

Round-the-clock care
Extensive assistance with daily living
Care for severe medical problems
Support for cognitive impairment
An emphasis on medical care
Your senior is a candidate for a nursing home if he cannot maintain a level of independence regarding daily living. He most?likely has considerable medical concerns and needs help with basic daily tasks such as eating and personal hygiene. Nursing homes focus on medical attention and more closely resemble a hospital.

The most important factor to consider is the level of medical attention, both mental and physical, your loved one requires. At Bethesda Senior Living Communities, we offer wellness services such as assistance with personal needs, medication management, fall prevention programs, monitoring of chronic conditions and more. However, if he needs round-the-clock medical attention, a nursing home would be a better fit.

To see a more detailed list of the wellness services we offer, visit the ‘Amenities & Services’ section of your local Community’s webpage. Find your nearest Assisted Living Community.

If your senior is still independent enough to not require a nursing home but has memory loss, please take a look at our Memory Care Communities. At Bethesda, we recognize each individual will be affected differently with memory loss and it is our focus to provide individualized programs in a safe and stimulating atmosphere. Our Memory Care programs are uniquely designed to help Residents with memory loss function as independently as possible within a secure setting. Locate your nearest Memory Care Community.

Fortunately, in this day-and-age, there is care assistance available regardless of which stage your loved one is in. The biggest obstacle is deciding which care type is right for you, but we are here to help along the way!