Assisted Living Facility vs. Nursing Home Care: How They Differ

by ElderCare Matters LLC Senior Care Resources Directory

“What’s the difference between assisted living and nursing homes?” This is, perhaps, one of the frequently asked questions by families trying to fetch elder care information on senior living options that are available for them.


With limited experience and information about both the senior living options, deciding which one to choose has never been so easy. It’s best to pick a community that matches your current needs and can fulfill needs that evolve with time. 


Understanding the similarities and differences between these two interconnected senior care types can be a little confusing as there are certain misconceptions about both of them. To get the right senior care information and understanding of both the communities, here are a few similarities and differences. 


Similarities Between Assisted & Nursing Home

        Both types of senior living communities offer some kind of medication management support. Medication assistance includes everything from setting a reminder for residents to take their medicine to help them take it.

        Both nursing homes and assisted living communities help residents with housekeeping and laundry assistance. Though it can be chargeable or inclusive depending upon the individual community.

        These communities extend opportunities and encourage their residents to participate in life enrichment programs. These programs are organized to address the needs of residents and boost their abilities.

        Both senior care options offer transportation services which make it easier for residents to get to necessary destinations like routine doctor’s appointments, buying medicines, shopping, etc. 


Difference Between Assisted & Nursing Home

        Assisted living communities are formed to support elders who need assistance with their day-to-day tasks like bathing, grooming, personal care, and dressing. Whereas, nursing homes are designed to help residents who need around the clock care support for their complex medical needs. Qualified therapists and nurses help elders with chronic disease management, IV care, breathing issues, and more.

        When it comes to physical appearance or structured approach, nursing care communities have a more clinical appearance due to more skilled care needs. Assisted living, on the other hand, follow a housing approach and set up as apartments or suites. They look and feel more like a private community.


In short, assisted living is more suitable for older adults who want more privacy and an independent lifestyle without needing much assistance. Need more senior care information or advice on choosing the care provider that best meets your needs? Browse to select from the top senior care professionals.


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