Assisted Living Vs. Skilled Nursing

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Do you know the difference between Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing Care?

Many families, sooner or later, will find themselves standing beside the hospital bed of a parent. At that time, a social worker or case manager might approach you and your mom or dad about needing skilled nursing or assisted living care. Most of us know very little about the differences between the two. Moreover, we usually have our minds set on getting them back home….and back to normal.

“Normal”, may mean a team of medical professionals, prescriptions that require monitoring, special diets and rehabilitation for a period of days, weeks or months; or it may necessitate a respite stay in an assisted living community in order to prevent a decline in their condition.

Therefore, this may be more about a healing process rather than a geographical location.In particular, assisted living provides meals, tailored levels of care, medication management, housekeeping, security, transportation and daily activities. In addition to the amenities available in an assisted living community, nursing homes provide 24 hour skilled care as well as physical, occupational and speech therapy programs.

Do you know your financial options?

Usually, Long term care insurance and Veteran’s Aid & Attendance will cover a majority of costs in an assisted living community. Whereas, Medicare or Medicaid will reimburse the facility for majority of the charges in a nursing home.

Have you evaluated all of your options?

Isolation can be dangerous to the elderly and infirmed. Research shows, people don’t prepare as many nutritious meals when they are alone and the potential for falls is greater. Furthermore, spouses and children become vulnerable to resentment, exhaustion and illness when caring for a debilitated relative.

Specifically, good intentions for your husband, wife or parent may translate into creating an at-risk situation at home for all involved. It is important to know that recidivism, or re-admission to the hospital, is more common in those who insist on going straight home after an emergency event or surgery.

A Ray of Hope

As a ray of hope, nursing homes have changed for the better; and beautiful assisted living communities are cropping up all over the country. At Emeritus, we pride ourselves on continuity of care and offer Independent & Assisted Living along with Memory care and Skilled Nursing. Our professionals are available to answer your questions, day or night. Please reach out and let us show you all of the options available to enhance the quality of life and health for someone you love.


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