True or False: “Assisted Living” Is Just a Nicer Name for “Nursing Homes”

Nurse Discussing Medical Notes With Senior Woman at a Nursing HomeDoes your parent have escalating health and personal care needs? It might be time to consider an assisted living facility or a nursing home. Although some individuals think they are the same, the care and services each facility provides is distinctly different. Our experienced and dedicated team at our assisted living community, Wyndemere Woods in Woonsocket in Rhode Island, has provided a basic overview to help you make the correct choice for your loved one.

What is an Assisted Living Facility?

An assisted living facility provides housing and personal support for daily activities. This typically includes assistance with bathing, dressing, eating and medication. Communities like Wyndemere Woods also offer a range of onsite facilities such as meals, housekeeping, laundry, recreational activities and exercise programs. If your family member requires continual medical care and attention, a nursing home is more appropriate than an assisted living facility.

What is a Nursing Home?

Keeping the Elderly Happy at an Assisted Living FacilityA senior with a chronic illness, physical disability or mental illness (like dementia or Alzheimer’s) would require a nursing home. Also known as a long-term care home, nursing staff is on hand 24/7 to monitor and provide professional care for your family member. This type of retirement home offers a high level of medical support as well as personal assistance for daily activities, rehabilitation services and ongoing care for escalating needs.

Assisted Living FacilitiesVs. Nursing Homes
Designed for individuals with a fairly independent lifestyleMeant for people who need constant supervision and care
Some assistance with activities of daily living24/7 support with personal and health needs
Minimal medical careComplete medical care
Nurses and healthcare aides available for some time during the dayRound-the-clock nursing team
Typically offer private apartments and individual unitsUsually have shared accommodation
Many recreational activities for residentsAlso have social activities for residents

Which One is Right for You?

Deciding whether an assisted living facility or nursing home is the best fit for your family member requires a careful evaluation of their needs, especially with regard to healthcare. If your parent or elderly loved one can take care of themselves with minimal assistance, consider an assisted living community. However, if he/she has a chronic illness or cognitive impairment like dementia or Alzheimer’s, a nursing home will provide the right care.

Visiting the nursing home or assisted living facility will give you a better idea of the services and level of care available.

At Wyndemere Woods Assisted and Independent Living Community in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, we provide comfortable accommodations and loving care for your family member. A wide range of easily-accessible services and amenities and a dedicated team are always on hand to make them feel completely at home. Customized care plans cater to their unique needs. Your loved ones will enjoy the company of peers while staying in their own private apartment and you will have peace of mind knowing that they will always be well-cared for here.

Contact Wyndemere Woods Assisted and Independent Living Community at 401-762-4226 for more information or fill out our online form to book a tour.