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Jul 11

5 Ways Assisted Living Communities Differ from Nursing Homes

Posted by Oaks Senior Living | 3 minute read

When it comes to aging loved ones, looking to the future can often be overwhelming and full of unknowns. The prospect of transitioning your elderly parent out of their home is difficult and emotional from the start and without a clear understanding of your options can be downright agonizing.

If your parent is not able to live independently any longer, your first thought may be to place your loved one to go into a nursing home, but that is not your only option. Assisted living communities offer a long-term care option for adults who can retain independence but need to receive some level of care on a daily basis. To help you understand the services offered by an assisted living community and how it differs from a nursing home, we’ve put together a list of the top differences.

Assisted Living…

  1. Means Independence

A misconception remains in the senior care industry that when a family member must leave their home, they automatically sacrifice their independence. While that can happen if their health is compromised, that is simply not the case if your loved one enters into assisted living.

Residents in an assisted living community receive the amount of help, outside stimulation, and visitors as they want. Most importantly, residents can come and go as they please!   


  1. Provides a Helping Hand

One of the biggest differences between assisted living communities and nursing homes is the type of care that is given to your loved one. While nursing homes provide care by a registered or licensed nurse, 24-hours a day, assisted living communities provide flexible, non-medical care tailored to an individual’s needs.  Your loved one can receive assistance with meals, housekeeping, errands, medication reminders and other activities that they may not be able to complete living alone. Visit our communities page to view these amenities.


  1. Feels Like Home

Assisted living homes are often designed like an apartment complex with residents having their own living spaces ranging from a studio to a two-bedroom apartment.Your loved ones are also able to bring their own furniture, allowing their new home to take on a unique quality that is not unlike their previous residence. Having some of their personal belongings makes the transition much more do-able from an emotional standpoint and without the added complication of selling off home furnishings before the big move.


  1. Welcomes Furry Friends

We know that pets are often family members, and the idea of leaving them behind would be devastating for your loved ones. Many assisted living communities are pet-friendly and encourage residents to bring along their beloved pets. Studies have proven over and over again how animals can help the aging whether it be lowering blood pressure, reducing anxiety or just providing companionship in an unfamiliar territory. 


  1. Encourages Socialization

Most assisted living communities provide transportation, wellness programs, and plenty of events such as happy hour! Residents are not confined to certain areas of the building and are encouraged to join others in the community. Many seniors develop lasting friendships and even an improved self-confidence since moving into their new community!


Moving to an assisted living community can often mean an improved quality of life that seniors so desperately need to continue thriving. While this transition will be an emotional time for all involved, it can also be a positive step in the right direction and a decision that can bring everyone happiness!


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