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Assisted Living vs. Nursing Home: What’s the Difference?

At Carespring, we offer a variety of services to help our residents live as independently and comfortably as possible. If your loved one is in need of a little extra help throughout the day, especially if they have a medical condition that needs managing, you may be considering assisted living or nursing home options. 

The choice between assisted living and nursing home care can be a tough one. Is there a difference? Which is best for your loved one? While there are some similarities between the services provided, there are some notable differences that may influence your choice. Learn more about assisted living and nursing homes below.

What is assisted living? 

Assisted living allows for maximum independence while still assisting residents with tasks they may need help with. These tasks can range from buttoning up a shirt to medication management as needed by the resident. As we age, keeping up with personal care can become a challenge. That’s where assisted living comes in – residents receive help with hygiene, laundry, housekeeping, and other tasks that may become difficult. 

What is nursing home care? 

Nursing homes offer 24/7 skilled nursing care for residents. When a loved one suffers a medical event like a stroke or a fall, the safe environment of a nursing home can help prevent future injury. Or, if a medical event does happen, trained nursing home staff is right around the corner to provide medical-grade care to patients. 

Which option is right for my loved one? 

The choice between a nursing home and an assisted living facility can be a tough one. The primary difference is that nursing homes tend to offer a more clinical setting for more extensive medical care. This is not to say that assisted living centers don’t offer high-quality medical care, but rather they are more focused on assisting residents with day-to-day tasks. 

At Carespring, we’re dedicated to making your loved one feel at home during their stay. Every patient in our communities is a part of our Carespring family. We get to know their stories, their families, and what they need to maximize the care we provide. This kind of personal care is second nature to our Caregivers. 

We employ experienced teams of licensed therapists who are educated in cutting edge, state-of-the-art professional care. It is our mission to partner with our patients in accomplishing their therapy goals in a positive and consistent manner.

If you’re interested in learning more about Carespring, don’t hesitate to contact us for more information about our various services and facilities. We look forward to serving you and your loved one.