If you’ve been admitted to the hospital, you may be discharged to a nursing home. This is usually for your safety, your family’s safety, and your peace of mind.
If you’re not able to recover at home, you may be a candidate for a nursing home. When planning for care in the nursing home, consider the following:
- How long you’ve been in the hospital.
- What your condition is.
- Your ability to care for yourself.
- Your goals for care.
What’s the difference between nursing home and assisted living?
Nursing home vs. assisted living
Assisted living is a form of care that often follows the same general rules as nursing homes.
Nursing homes provide 24hour care for people with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. In some cases, assisted living may include a nursing home, but it’s not always.
Nursing homes are usually located in a specific facility, such as a retirement community. Nursing home residents may also receive care in a special room or in a separate wing of the facility.
Assisted living is usually an independent living arrangement that includes some level of supervision. This level of supervision can vary.
In general, assisted living facilities are designed to provide more independence than in-home care. They may include:
- A room where residents can get around independently.
- A private bathroom and toilet.
- A kitchen and dining area.
- A TV and stereo.
- Some level of supervision.
- A mailroom.
- A laundry room.
- A telephone and TV.
- A dining room.
- A small or medium-sized yard.
- Some level of exercise.
What are the options for long-term care?
Long-term care is a term that refers to long-term care in a residential care facility. Depending on the type of care you need, options include:
- Assisted living, which is typically a level of care that’s slightly more independent than a nursing home.
- Skilled nursing facility, which is similar to a nursing home.
- Hospice, which is used when a person’s condition is considered terminal.
- Hospice and palliative care, which is an approach that includes both of these.
What are the costs?
The costs of long-term care can vary depending on the type of care you need.
Typically, you’ll pay a higher rate for more care. For example, you may pay more for a nursing home than a skilled nursing facility.
In the United States, long-term care can cost about $87,000 a year.
How can I get more information about long-term care?
If you need long-term care, it’s important to talk with family and friends about what options are available for you. You can also talk with a healthcare professional.
You can find a qualified healthcare professional in your area by asking your doctor or a local senior center.
The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging can provide a list of agencies that provide information on elder care.
How can I find a nursing home or assisted living?
Look for a facility that’s located in your area so you can easily access it. You can also call the facility or ask a staff member for information.
It’s important to research a facility to be sure you find a home that meets your needs.
You can get more information about a nursing home or assisted living by talking to a representative at the facility.
What should I do if you need long-term care?
It can be difficult to talk about your condition with your family and friends. It may be more comfortable to talk with your doctor or a social worker.
Depending on your condition, you may be a candidate for one type of long-term care.
It’s important to talk with your doctor if you have:
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Lewy body dementia
- Parkinson’s disease
- Huntington’s disease
The doctor can help you decide what type of care is best for you.
Talk with your family and friends about your condition and your goals for long-term care.
You don’t have to choose between home and a skilled nursing facility or between home and assisted living.
If you’re not sure where to start, ask your doctor or a social work professional for more information.
Are there different types of long-term care?
There are several types of long-term care. You may need to choose between different types of care if you have a particular condition or if you have a family member who does.
Some examples include:
- Assisted living
- Skilled nursing facility
- Palliative care
- Hospice and palliative care
What about assisted living versus nursing homes?
Assisted living vs. nursing homes
Both nursing homes and assisted living are types of long-term care. The difference is how much independence you have and how much supervision you have.
In general, assisted living is a level of care that’s slightly more independent than a nursing home. This level of care is usually more than a nursing home.
Nursing homes are typically a level of care that’s a little more independent than assisted living. However, they’re still a level of care that’s more independent than at-home care.
In some cases, a nursing home is a better choice for people who need more long-term care than assisted living is.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of assisted living?
Assisted living is a type of long-term care. The advantages are that it’s often a higher level of care than nursing homes, and it can be more independent.
The disadvantages of assisted living are that it’s not always available and it isn’t always as private as a nursing home.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of a nursing home?
Nursing homes are a type of long-term care. The advantages are that they’re usually a higher level of care than assisted living, they’re usually available, they’re usually more private than assisted living, and they can be more expensive.
The disadvantages of nursing homes are that they’re often more expensive and they can be more expensive if you need more long-term care than assisted living is.
The bottom line
If you have a chronic condition, such as Alzheimer’s disease, a nursing home may be the best choice for you. Nursing homes offer 24hour care.
Assisted living is an option that may be more independent and less expensive than a nursing home.
It’s important to find a facility that meets your needs and budget.
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