How do they differ? Nursing home vs Assisted Living

1897223As concern grows for a loved one’s health and safety, many families face the decision of finding an assisted living facility or nursing home perfect for their family member’s needs. The search for a senior living facility can be difficult and it’s important to understand the difference between a nursing home vs assisted living facility.

These four differences between an assisted living facility and nursing home will help you determine what’s best for your loved one.

Level of medical care

Both an assisted living facility and nursing home provide medical care for seniors that are no longer able to live on their own. However, nursing homes typically have residents with more complex medical conditions that require twenty-four hour licensed nursing care. If your loved one needs frequent hospital visits, a nursing home may be the best option. Assisted living facilities will typically have a nurse(s) available or on-call, but won’t have as large of a staff.

Living quarters

Assisted living facilities are typically smaller than nursing homes with a fraction of the number of residents. Many assisted living facilities have private apartments or bedrooms and several living spaces, while nursing homes may have shared rooms and less living spaces. Assisted living facilities also have more outdoor spaces and personalized dining options.

Cost

The cost of an assisted living facility or nursing home can vary greatly, however, an assisted living facility typically costs less per month. Nursing homes are generally paid for by Medicare, while assisted living facilities are paid out-of-pocket.

Level of activities

Assisted living facilities have more activities and non-medical transportation options compared to a nursing home. Activities at assisted living facilities can include playing cards, group outings and other physical and mental exercises.

We have a full-time nurse on-staff and available on-call 24/7 at Paradise Living Centers and our certified caregivers provide awake care 24/7 at each of our beautiful 10-bedroom group homes. With a staff-to-resident ratio of 1:5, we learn each resident’s specific needs and preferences, which allows us to focus on their individual health and wellbeing. If you would like to learn more about Paradise Living Centers or book a tour call of one of our group homes, call 480.878.4112 or email kristie@paradiselivingcenters.com to contact our Care Manager, Kristie Chadwick directly.