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Assisted Living Communities are Different from Nursing Homes

- Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The terms Assisted Living Community and Nursing Home are often used interchangeably, however this is a mistake. They are actually very different, and a candidate for one is not necessarily a candidate for the other. However, that being said, Spring Arbor and The Oaks are assisted living residences. However, we recognize that just as every resident is unique and different, so too are his or her care needs. The fact is some residents require more time and attention than others. We address those needs individually rather than increase service fees for everyone.

The following are some differences between the Assisted Living and Nursing Homes.

Assisted Living Communities:

  • Individuals in assisted living are more independent and can usually get through most of their day on their own. Generally, they only need help with daily activities like bathing, dressing, and preparing food.
  • They still enjoy social activities and make autonomous decisions.
  • Assisted Living Communities require limited to no medical care or specialized medical care.
  • In Assisted Living Communities, residents are able to maintain their independence in a more secure atmosphere and they focus more on personal privacy and self-sufficiency than a nursing home.
  • They offer their clients a comfortable apartment that is luxurious and comfortable.
Nursing Homes:
  • Those in nursing homes need a great deal more care. They usually require 24-hour nursing supervision and are generally not in good health.
  • Nursing home patients require help with much more than three or more daily tasks:walking or being pushed in wheel chairs, eating, and regular medical tests.
  • A nursing home is a place for someone who is unable to be cared for at home, but is not a candidate for hospital care.
  • Nursing homes also provide rehabilitation to help people gain back their independence after a serious health problem.
  • Similar to hospitals, nursing home patients have little to no privacy and quite often share rooms.
  • Those in Nursing homes are viewed as patients, not clients. They are there to get well. If you or your parent is well, a nursing home is not ideal.