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ASSISTED LIVING – WHY & WHEN?
Assisted living is a great housing choice for seniors who are no longer capable of living alone but want to maintain a social and active lifestyle. People in these homes are generally active, but may need support with activities of daily living (ADLs), such as bathing, dressing, using the toilet, eating, and help with medications.
ASSISTED LIVING VS. IN-HOME CARE
In-home care is when a caregiver is hired to come into a patient's home to help with activities of daily living. This is an option for seniors to stay in their home or a relative’s home as they age but can be quite costly. Some of the benefits of assisted living is that you no longer need to worry about maintaining your home, paying bills, and hiring caretakers as your stay is inclusive of all these costs. Additionally, there is a great advantage for seniors in assisted living where they can avoid the potential for social isolation which is common and can contribute to depression or a decline in health.
ASSISTED LIVING VS. NURSING HOME
The biggest differences between these two senior living options are the assistive or medical services provided and living arrangements. In contrast to assisted living, residents in a nursing home require around the clock care and monitoring. They typically have more complex health care issues that require the assistance of a skilled nurse. Residents in an assisted living home generally need and receive custodial care.
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