When you have a family member or friend in Florida who struggles to care for themselves, your first reaction is likely to look to provide that care yourself. However, your own life (and the various demands that accompany it) may make providing the extent of care that they need difficult.
Many have come to us here at Ford, Dean & Rotundo, P.A. in the same situation. Like them, you may believe that your best option in ensuring that your loved one gets the care they truly need is to entrust that care to a residential facility. Some refer to such facilities as “nursing homes”; others call them “assisted living centers.” As is often the case, you may think both terms refer to the same types of facilities. Yet there are important differences between the two, and understanding what those are may help in choosing which is best for your loved one’s current situation.
What is an assisted living center?
You can see the role of assisted living facilities in their name; they exist to help those simply needing some daily assistance. For example, if your family member or friend is not dealing with any serious health concerns, but rather needs some help in getting around town, maintaining a healthy diet, or simply managing their resources, an assisted living center might provide it. It typically offers an apartment-style living space, available transportation, and the option to take meals offered by the facility.
What is a nursing home?
A nursing home, on the other hand, caters specifically to those needing specific medical care. According to Healthline.com, these are extensions of healthcare facilities addressing the needs of those with chronic health issues. They offer medication management, as well as physical, speech and occupational therapy.
You can find more information on choosing the right long-term care center throughout our site.