The older we get, the more difficult it can become to handle our daily fundamental needs. Inevitably, there comes a time we need help. Assisted living and nursing homes both offer additional personal care that we would not receive at home.
What is Assisted Living?
Assisted living facilities are equipped to assist residents with their daily living by helping them with bathing, grooming and hygiene. They offer medication management and provide housekeeping. Residents have their own rooms or share rooms. Dining is usually communal, although a resident can have a meal in his or her room. Most assisted living facilities provide organized activities, from music sessions to games to keep the residents occupied. Some even have outings, such as organized and supervised shopping, away from the facility. There is usually 24-hour nursing care available, but the nurses are limited in the treatments they are able to provide.
When Should Seniors Consider Moving to Assisted Living?
Some seniors need assistance with self-care but want to
maintain a certain amount of independence. Seniors should consider assisted
living if they encounter the following:
1. They are sustaining injuries or falls more frequently. Basic mobility has become difficult. While a senior might still be able to manage self-care, it is becoming increasingly challenging and risky.
2. Their overall health is getting worse.
3. They are finding it progressively difficult to keep their residence and themselves clean.
4. When they become very isolated and lonely. Assisted living allows them all the privacy they desire while providing them with companionship when needed. They are surrounded by adults their own age to help them socialize and improve their daily quality of life. Loneliness has serious health and cognitive consequences for seniors.
What Is A Nursing Home?
A nursing home is a long-term care facility specifically designed for seniors with chronic illness, dementia, and those requiring 24-hour care. Nursing homes provide additional medical assistance that may not be available at an assisted living facility. Some seniors take up temporary residence at a nursing home when they require dialysis or demanding physical therapy. Nursing homes provide help with bathing, grooming, hygiene and dining. They may help mobility-challenged seniors in and out of bed and with getting around the home. Seniors are always under the care of a Physician, Nurses, Therapists and Certified Nursing Assistants during their stay in a nursing home. Like assisted living facilities, nursing homes provide the opportunity for socialization through activities such as card games and bingo.
When To Transition From An Assisted Living Facility To A Nursing Home
A difficult decision for any senior is when to make a move from assisted living to a nursing home. Sometimes, the assisted living facility itself will make that decision when it is no longer able to provide all the treatments and care needed.
Indications Someone May Be Ready For A Nursing Home
When we grow older, cognitive and physical changes
usually happen slowly. However, there comes a time an assisted facility can no
longer meet all the needs of an aging person, and transitioning to a nursing
home may be the best option.
1. When an elderly person spends more and more time in and out of hospitals, that requires a higher level of medical supervision. Nursing homes are well equipped with staffing and equipment to provide the additional care needed.
2. When cognitive abilities have deteriorated noticeably, and daily tasks become unmanageable, it may be time for a nursing home. More than half of the residents in nursing homes suffer from some type of dementia in addition to physical problems. One symptom of cognitive decline is aggressive conduct toward others and heightened confusion about what is happening.
3. When a senior needs more than the average help with self-care and food intake.
Most assisted living facilities are not equipped to handle the more complex care some seniors require. This will include handling diabetes, frequent injections, wound care, cardio problems, and others.
Moving into either an assisted living facility or a nursing home can be a difficult decision. It means some or a significant loss of independence. However, a senior will receive the assistance he or she needs in either facility. Both assistant living facilities and nursing homes also provide the opportunity to socialize and remain active. Loneliness is a serious problem for seniors. When a higher level of care is needed, a nursing home may be appropriate as they are equipped to provide additional care involving the senior's health and safety. If you have a loved one in need of Assisted Living please give us a call, we are happy to help you find the right care!
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