Long Term Care: Comparing a Nursing Home to Assisted Living

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Our compassionate and caring team at LakePoint Nursing & Rehabilitation Center knows that choosing care for an elderly loved one can get confusing with all of the options available. Here are our 3 tips to help you decide whether your loved one needs care at a nursing home or an assisted living facility.

Mobility

The first thing you should consider is how ambulatory your loved one is. Can he or she get around on their own? If not, a nursing home might be best. Assisted living facilities are best primarily for those seniors who are able to move around on their own. Seniors who are bedridden or who require wheelchairs usually do best at nursing homes.

Medical Needs

For example, if you have an aging parent who requires medical attention regularly, then a nursing home is probably the best option. Assisted living facilities offer a lot of services and benefits like helping seniors get dressed, bathe, and use the facilities. However, for medical services, your loved one will require medical care, which is only available in a nursing home.

Late Stage Alzheimer’s Disease or Dementia

Most assisted living facilities can offer care to those in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, but for the more advanced states of these illnesses, they will be better served in a nursing home. Look for a nursing home with specialization in Alzheimer’s and dementia care for the best option.

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