4 Comparisons of Nursing Homes and Assisted Living

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4 Comparisons of Nursing Homes and Assisted Living

Assisted Living

If you and your family are in search of the ideal care for yourself or any other senior loved one, you may be wondering about the different terms and care options available to you. Two particular terms that are often considered and compared here: Assisted living communities and nursing home communities.

At Cozy Retire, we’re proud to provide caring, compassionate assisted living and senior living programs for people around Kaysville, Layton, Ogden and nearby areas. How do assisted living programs and nursing home programs compare? Here are some basics to keep in mind as you and your family are performing their search.

Basics on Each

For those who are unfamiliar with these terms, assisted living communities are typically for people who need some assistance with daily activities like bathing, dressing, medication management and transportation. These communities can be amazing options for seniors who would like to live an independent lifestyle but also have the safety net of trained caregivers available 24/7.

On the other hand, nursing homes or skilled nursing facilities provide around-the-clock medical care for seniors who are dealing with chronic or severe health conditions. This care is often necessary for those who have conditions like Alzheimer’s, dementia, Parkinson’s disease or other illnesses that require specialized medical attention.

Care and Services Provided

Assisted living communities offer varying levels of care depending on the specific community and individual needs. At Cozy Retire, we provide personalized care plans that are tailored to each individual resident’s needs and preferences. This can include assistance with activities of daily living, medication management, housekeeping, transportation, social activities and more.

Nursing homes also provide personalized care plans, but the focus is primarily on medical care. Skilled nursing facilities have licensed medical professionals on staff who are able to provide advanced medical treatment and round-the-clock monitoring. This may include administering medication, wound care, physical therapy and more.

Cost Comparison

Assisted living communities typically have a lower cost compared to nursing homes due to the level of care provided. However, it’s important to consider that assisted living programs usually do not cover medical expenses or require additional fees for certain services. On the other hand, nursing homes often include medical care in their costs, but the overall cost can be higher due to the level of care provided.

Choosing the Right Option for Your Family

Ultimately, the decision between assisted living and nursing home programs will depend on individual needs and preferences. If you or your loved one is still relatively independent but may need occasional assistance, assisted living may be a great fit. However, if there are chronic or severe medical conditions that require round-the-clock care, a nursing home may be the best option.

At Cozy Retire, we understand how important this decision is for families. That’s why we offer personalized tours and consultations to help you determine the right care option for your loved one. Contact us today to learn more about our assisted living and senior living programs in our retirement community.