Assisted Living Vs. Nursing Homes: What’s the Difference?

With so many different types and styles of senior living communities in Atlanta, it can be overwhelming and challenging to determine which is best for your loved one. In today's post, we're explaining the key differences between assisted living communities and nursing homes. Read on to gain a better understanding of these two options. For a complete overview of senior living communities, visit our Senior Housing at a Glance page.

Assisted Living Communities

If your loved one requires some assistance, then an assisted living community may be the perfect place. Also known as assisted care or personal care communities, Assisted Living (AL) communities are for residents who may be largely independent or require some assistance and want the security of knowing additional care options are available as needed. Seniors reside in their own apartment or suite but are assisted with daily activities, as such medications, meals and housekeeping. These communities may also have staff available 24 hours a day for additional assistance and safety.

Nursing Homes

Nursing Homes provide around-the-clock care for seniors in need of high level assistance or medical care. Also called skilled nursing homes, convalescent care or long-term care, a nursing home may offer private or shared rooms, along with on-site dining facilities and rehabilitation services for seniors recovering from an illness, injury or surgery. Both assisted living communities and nursing homes may have separate units for Alzheimer's residents.

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