What is the difference between assisted living and a nursing home?

The variety of senior care options available can be confusing. The biggest difference between assisted living and a nursing home is the medical services provided. Seniors residing in a nursing home usually require constant monitoring and care.  They have complex health conditions that require the help of a skilled nurse, a physical or speech therapist and sometimes respiratory care services.  Skilled nursing services are often needed after a hospitalization or a significant decline in health. Nursing homes provide care for seniors needing a high degree or greater frequency of medical attention.

Assisted living communities provide serves for seniors needing custodial care.  For example, a loved one who lives with memory loss, mobility problems and may need help transferring from a bed to a chair and isn’t safe living alone.  To view the list of services available at The Gables Assisted Living click here.

Due to the type of care they provide nursing homes tend to appear institutional, where an assisted living facility more resembles an upscale apartment community.  Nursing home residents are more likely to share a room with another senior.  In assisted living seniors usually have their own apartment or suite.

To learn more about the comfort and care provided at The Gables Assisted living click here to schedule a tour today.