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What’s the Difference Between an Assisted Living Facility Vs a Nursing Home?

Updated: Jun 9



If your loved one requires care, it can be difficult to decide which type is right for them. Two of the most popular options are assisted living facilities and nursing homes. In this brief article, we’re going to look at the main differences between them and what you should know before making your decision.

Medical Services

Nursing Home Care


Nursing homes provide a limited amount of help with medical care. This includes, but is not limited to, medication management and administration, skilled nursing care, and limited medical treatments.


Assisted Living


Assisted living provides assistance with daily living activities as well as medication management and administration. Individuals in need of memory care will find assisted living fits quite well.

Living Arrangements

Living arrangements are also important to the quality of care your loved ones will get. Examine the living arrangement opportunities for each type of care to determine which is right for your family.


Nursing Home Care


Living arrangements for nursing homes include private or shared rooms, with limited common areas and virtually no outdoor space. Recreational activities are equally limited with nursing home care, where meals, laundry, and housekeeping come standard but additional recreational activities are limited.


Assisted Living


Assisted living offers private or shared apartments and studios with private kitchenettes and baths. Your loved one will have much more extensive common living and outdoor space than they would in a Nursing Home. You’ll also have access to non-medical transportation, meals, laundry, and housekeeping.


Which Type Does Your Loved One Need?

Your decision for your loved ones will come down to their unique circumstances. Ask yourself the following questions to help guide you to the best decision.


Assisted Living


If you’re considering Assisted Living services, ask yourself the following questions…


-Will my loved one require full-time care?

-Is my loved one receptive to assistance?

-Would Memory Care be less invasive and frightening for them?

-Are they mobile and largely able to care for themselves?


Nursing Home


If you’re considering Nursing Home Services, ask yourself the following questions…

-Does my loved one require daily medical care?

-Will I feel more comfortable with my loved one having constant supervision?

-Do they suffer from severe cognitive impairments?

-Do they resist assistance or suffer from behavioral problems?


Learn More

We offer full-service living assistance in our communities. Visit our contact form or give us a call for a consultation and further assistance in choosing the right living facility for your loved one.


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