Assisted Living is an option for old age people who need personal care services at home. Those who opt for assisted living may not be in need of medical care or 24-hour nursing services. They need assistance in their various activities such as cooking, house cleaning and maintaining, getting to the bathroom especially during night time and during travel. Those who avail the assisted living facility are assured of 24-hour support and they will get the help just by making a phone call. They can fulfill all their needs for which their disabilities will not be hurdles. They can be independent and can keep their privacy. The living space provided at an assisted living facility will be either individual rooms or shared homes or apartments.
Skilled nursing homes are nursing homes that provide residential as well as medical care for elderly as well as disabled people. Skilled nursing homes also function as old people’s homes and provide permanent custodial care to them. The care provided by skilled nursing facility is only temporary and the purpose is recovery from a specific medical condition. Skilled nursing home offers custodial care for indefinite period. Along with medical care, skilled nursing home provides non-medical assistance also for moving around, taking bath, carrying out various daily activities and more. Moreover, medication will be monitored at the skilled nursing home. Service of trained nurses as well as medical staff are always available at the skilled nursing home. The entire services provided at skilled nursing home are not covered by medical insurance but, all approved hospital services, supply of medicines and other health care expenses are covered.
Convalescent home is a place where people go and stay for few days for their recovery from a disease or rehabilitation following a stroke or a surgery or an injury. The Convalescent home is different from nursing home. At the nursing home the best medical care is provided to all the patients who are admitted there. The purpose of Convalescent home is to enable the patient to recover completely so that he/she can go back home. Those who go to Convalescent home have no need to get treated in a nursing home or hospital because they are not sick to that extent. But, they need some sort of help/assistance from the doctors and nurses to recover for which they go and stay at the Convalescent home. Convalescent home and Nursing home have many similarities but, differ in the basic purpose. In the nursing home proper medical treatment is provided to get relief from the specific health problem. In the Convalescent home the patient whose medical illness is already cured is provided all help to recover, get back to his normal lifestyle and resume his day-to-day activities. During the stay at the Convalescent home the patient regains the physical strength as well as mental ability to lead an active and independent life as before.
Senior living apartment
Many older people at a particular stage of their lives feel that the home or the traditional apartment where they lived are no more suitable for them to live. They find it rather difficult to clean the house, wash the clothes and carry out other household tasks if they stay in the traditional homes or apartments or condos. For these reasons they switch over to senior living apartments where it will be easier for them to manage without seeking help from others for housekeeping, cooking and other day-to-day activities. Compared to traditional homes the senior living apartments are considerably less expensive. Those who sell their home or apartment and move to a senior living apartment will have surplus amount of money with them.
At the assisted living facility food is served three times a day at the common dining hall besides providing assistance for eating, bathing, dressing and walking. Other services provided include housekeeping, laundry, transportation, 24-hour security, medication monitoring and recreational activities. At the skilled nursing home food is served at the common dining hall at fixed meal times. However, prior to getting admitted in the skilled nursing home one has to find out the types of food items served, whether there are choices for food, whether the patients can take the food in their rooms, whether outside food is allowed and whether special dietary requirements will be met. As skilled nursing home fall under custodial care, medical as well as non-medical support will be provided for indefinite period. At the Convalescent home people who want to recover from surgery, injury or particular illness will get a comfortable as well as peaceful environment so that they can relax and recover completely as early as possible. When one is in the Convalescent home the process of recovery will not be stressful, painful or tiresome. Food is served and the temporary care that they get at the Convalescent home enable them to regain their abilities to manage independently various activities like feeding, bathing, dressing and moving around. The elderly people who move to senior living apartments do not expect services such as medical care, cooking, laundry and housekeeping. They require affordable accommodation only and they will independently meet all their needs as well as manage their activities.