There are several things to consider when deciding on a care plan for someone. Some people will do best with assisted living services, while a nursing home may be the best option for other people. Here is an overview of the pros and cons of each living situation.
Nursing home vs Assisted living
Nursing home benefits
Nursing homes are ideal for seniors who have difficulty taking care of themselves. Seniors with health problems or those who have difficulty going to the bathroom alone will find that a nursing home may be the ideal living situation for them. Doctors and registered nurses run nursing homes. The nurses in these facilities are trained to administer medication to people who need it and help people with any problems they have 24-hours a day. Non-elderly people who have been in an accident and need assistance with their daily activities also live in nursing homes.
Assisted living benefits
Seniors who live in assisted living communities have more independence than people who live in a nursing home. They can usually plan their day and they are only offered assistance when they request to be helped. This situation is ideal for seniors who are in good health, but can benefit from having someone always around in case they need help. This living situation provides a safety net for seniors who do not live with family, and would feel better having someone there if they need help any time of day or night.
Choosing a nursing home
When you are looking for a nursing home, you should first ask friends and family members for their recommendations. If friends or family members have relatives in nursing homes, they can provide you with valuable information on nursing homes in your local area. When you make a list of the nursing homes that interests you, you should go online and view their websites. Compare the nursing homes side by side to see which one has the most benefits for their residents. When you have narrowed down your list, you should contact each nursing home and ask them any additional questions you have about their company.
You should also set up an appointment to tour the facility. When you tour the facility, you should pay attention to your surroundings. You should watch how the residents are being treated. You should also casually speak to the residents. If several of the residents are upset, you should remove the nursing home from the list and contact your next choice. You should also check the public health department board in your state to make sure the nursing home does not have any complaints against it.
Choosing an assisted living community
When you are choosing an assistant living community, you should investigate the credentials of the people who work at the assisted living community. Residents of assistant living communities do not require 24-hour care, but you want to make sure that the employees are able to handle situations that may require assistance. You should also check out the amenities the community offers. You should inquire about free or low cost meals as well as planned activities such as trips to art galleries and museums.