How do I Decide Between a Nursing Home and Assisted Living?
What Services Do Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Provide?
Nursing homes typically offer services such as day and night care, handling out of medications, partial or full assistance with daily activities, meals, extra security and emergency response plans. They also provide care from licensed nurses that are usually available day or night. Nursing homes may also have more equipment to meet the needs of its residents. Nursing homes offer some organized social activities such as games, events and more.
Assisted Living facilities may offer meals, light housekeeping and laundry services. They may offer limited assistance with daily activities such as showering or dressing. If the assisted living facility is bigger, they may offer many social activities such as swimming, movies, gyms, and field trips to certain places. Assisted living facilities are typically for people that do not need much medical care so licensed nurses may or may not always be available.
What are the Living Arrangements for Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities?
Nursing homes may have many beds and sometimes people will have to share their room with another resident. Nursing homes typically have more of a “hospital feel” but changes are being made in this area.
Assisted Living facilities may have only about fifty rooms or apartments for their residences. These offer more privacy and feel more like an actual home letting a person be more independent.
What is the Cost of Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities?
The costs depend on each facility and whether or not the resident has a private room. In a Nursing Home private rooms could be as much as eleven thousand a month. If a resident shares a room in a nursing home this is more affordable. More nursing homes are often covered by Medicare or Medicaid because of the type of care they provide.
Private rooms in an assisted living facility may be as much as five thousand per month. Assisted living facilities are not usually covered under most Medicare but might be covered under some Medicaid plans depending on the area you live in.
This decision is complicated and may be overwhelming for many people. However, taking these factors into consideration can help you make a better decision about which facility will most likely meet the requirements that the person you care about may have. After making a decision if you think that the person you care about may be facing abuse or neglect, it is advised that you contact one of our compassionate and knowledgeable nursing home neglect attorneys immediately. Our attorneys care about our clients and will do everything we can to help you get fair compensation for the abuse or neglect that you and your family has experienced.
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