With the tremendous increase in our nation's elderly population, the assisted living and retirement community industry in America has grown rapidly over the past decade. Yet, many people are still confused about the term "assisted living" and how it differs from nursing homes.
Assisted Living – Community Based Residential FacilitiesAssisted living is a less costly, more homelike senior housing option for individuals who need some assistance with daily activities, but don't require the full-time care of a nursing home facility. Many types of people choose to live in assisted living residences – young and elderly – and some suffer from Alzheimer's disease, dementia or other memory disorders. Still others may need help with incontinence or mobility.
Our assisted living communities offer private rooms with bedrooms and bathrooms, community dining rooms, and scheduled social and recreational programs in addition to varying levels of assistance with the activities of daily living.
The cost of assisted living care is considerably lower than skilled nursing home care. Residents or their family members usually pay for assisted living care, although care may be reimbursed by an individual's health or long-term care insurance policy depending upon the specifications of the policy.
Skilled Nursing Home CareSkilled nursing home care facilities are designed for residents who require 24-hour supervisory nursing home care and, until recently, offered one of the only forms of senior care. Skilled nursing home facilities are staffed by registered nurses, licenses practical nurses and certified nursing assistants. Residents live in single or shared rooms and usually dine together in a community dining room.
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