Nursing Home vs. Assisted Living: What’s the Difference?

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As the people we love age, it can be an overwhelming challenge to decide what their medical care should look like. Many options for senior care are available, both in nursing homes and assisted living facilities, and it can be difficult to know what’s best for your loved one.

In this blog, we describe the differences between nursing homes and assisted living facilities, so you can make the best decision for your loved one. At USA Healthcare, we offer support and expert advice about all topics related to senior living, so don’t hesitate to reach out for more information.

Nursing Homes

Nursing homes, sometimes called “senior living” or “convalescence homes,” offer seniors full-time monitoring and medical assistance. Most nursing homes provide a high level of on-site medical support (although not quite as high as a regular hospital) in case of an emergency.

Some of the top benefits of nursing homes include:

  • Around-the-clock care for severely ill patients
  • Specialized health teams on-site, ready to assist when needed
  • Complete food preparation for breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Housekeeping services provided
  • Opportunities to socialize with other residents
  • Full support from medical staff

Different nursing homes are equipped for certain conditions, but most provide care for severe, debilitating ailments that require daily or around-the-clock support. Because of this, nursing homes have entry requirements, depending on the state. Administrators, for instance, may ask residents to undergo a physical or provide documentation from their physician.

Assisted Living Facilities

Assisted living services are typically for seniors who need daily care, but not as much as you would find in a nursing home. Like nursing homes, these communities are for people who can no longer live alone. However, they offer a higher degree of autonomy.

The benefits of assisted living include:

  • A friendly community
  • Living arrangements that feel more like home
  • On-site safety and security
  • Shared amenities and medical facilities with other residents
  • Plenty of free time to explore hobbies and passions
  • Social activities and engagements
  • As much or as little assistance as is required with daily activities
  • Medicals are not usually required
  • A fun, lively atmosphere
  • Rehabilitation services

Typically, seniors live in their own accommodations, usually an apartment or home on-site. Caregivers and medical professionals then provide all the on-site services that they need.

There are plenty of amenities, too. Most communities provide days out, regular nutritious meals, clubs for every type of hobby, a safe environment, and a residential feel that’s not too different from a normal home.

How to Choose Between Assisted Living and a Nursing Home for Your Loved One?

Ultimately, whether you choose assisted living or a nursing home for your loved one comes down to two factors: their desire for independence and any health conditions they may have.

Assisted living is traditionally best for senior adults who are in relatively good health and treasure their independence. By contrast, nursing homes are usually a better fit for patients who require regular attention and medical support.

Find Support with USA Healthcare

At USA Healthcare, we offer personalized support for you and your loved one. Our qualified team of experts can offer advice and encouragement every step of the way. We strive to make the transition easy, focusing on maintaining our residents’ independence as much as possible. With seven nursing homes and assisted living facilities across the state of Alabama, our staff is ready to serve you and your family.

Make The Right Choice With USA Healthcare

If you are struggling to decide which option is right for you, USA Healthcare can help. Our team can offer support as you make this decision and transition with your loved one. Don’t hesitate to call us at 256-739-1239 today!