At V.I.P. Care Management, we are often asked “What is the difference between Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities?”

This is a great question to ask when you are trying to determine the best choice for a loved one. Below we will outline some of the key differences for your convenience.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions, we would love to help.

Nursing Home

  • Residents living in a Nursing Home typically have a medical condition that requires a licensed nurse to be on duty at all times. This means that your loved one will receive around-the-clock access to a skilled licensed medical professional.
  • This team of caregivers are supervised by a licensed nurse as they assist with all daily tasks including bathing, dressing, toileting, walking, wheelchair mobility, medication management, medical appointment coordination and much more.
  • Many residents who choose a nursing home may spend more than half of their day in bed and need continual medical attention and personal care. There is a limited feeling of independence in a nursing home. Generally, the resident does not leave the facility without a family member or caregiver.

Assisted Living Facility

  • Assisted Living Facilities are much different from nursing homes. Many of the individuals who choose an assisted living facility do not need continual medical attention such as treatments and medication. Many are simply growing older and losing certain strengths needed to live fully on their own.
  • An assisted living facility may provide each resident with their own living space so they have privacy. Others desire a shared room arrangement and may enjoy having a roomate. Nurses and staff are available to help with some daily tasks as needed such as medical appointment coordination, bathing, dressing, and medications. Assisted Living Facilities are not required to have a registered nurse on duty at all times. Most provide Registered Nurses during the day, who are on-call at night.
  • Assisted living facilities work best for individuals who are finding it hard to manage in their current home and need assistance with their daily tasks.

Memory Care Units

  •  Memory care units can be found in both nursing home and assisted living venues. Memory care units provide supervision and activities geared to those suffering from memory loss. Some memory care units are locked to prevent residents from wandering and getting lost.