Key Differences Between Assisted Living And Nursing Homes

by Paradise Living Center

Key differences between assisted living and nursing homes

Do you have a loved one in need of assisted living? Are you looking for an affordable, yet luxury assisted living option for yourself? Whether you stumbled across this article intentionally or by accident, you’ve come to the right place for information about nursing home care options. As one of the leading assisted living care homes in the Phoenix metropolitan area, Paradise Living Centers is dedicated to helping residents and their loved ones feel at home in a safe, yet welcoming environment.

We understand there is a growing concern for the safety and well-being of loved ones who may be at risk of developing dementia or Alzheimer’s, which is why we stress the importance of part-time or full-time care early on. While there are many benefits associated with assisted living, nursing homes, and skilled nursing facilities, figuring out what’s best for you of your loved one in this predicament (i.e. dementia and Alzheimer’s disease) can be overwhelming. In this blog, our team discusses the key differences between assisted living facilities and nursing homes.

First and foremost, an assisted living facility or community is a type of living quarter (similar to a private apartment or condominium) that encourages an atmosphere of independence, but still provides medical aids and housekeeping to aging adults (i.e. senior citizens). This living arrangement is usually recommended for seniors who are younger or more physically and mentally capable of taking care of themselves and others, but still require custodial help. More often than not, these residents can dress, bathe, eat, and go to the bathroom without the help of an aid, but the facility has these people present in case of an emergency.

A nursing home, which is also referred to as a skilled nursing facility, is a living quarter that is staffed with medical aids who provide residents with around-the-clock care. These facilities generally offer less privacy than assisted living homes, and for good reason. Residents usually suffer from debilitating medical problems that require constant care. Because of this, nursing homes tend to cost more than assisted living facilities because they provide medication dispersal, access to physical and occupational therapists, healthy meals, and other amenities.

Deciding which environment is right for you or your loved one depends on the physical and mental well-being of the person in question. Fortunately, there are options out there that offer both services, making it easier for residents to transition into a more hands-on environment should they ever require the care. We, of course, are talking about Paradise Living Centers: an assisted living care home that provides access to expert care for residents 24/7 that includes memory care for those in need.

The caregivers and on-site staff at Paradise Living Centers are committed to healthy senior living, which includes planned activities for residents, chef-prepared meals, pet therapy sessions, intergenerational programs, and lively entertainment.

While the process of finding a home that’s right for you or a loved one can be nerve-wracking, you can rest assured knowing there is an assisted living facility in your neighborhood committed to exceptional care. For more information about Paradise Living Centers, please call 480.878.4112 to speak to a Care Manager today.