Which Is Best: An Assisted Living Center or A Nursing Home?

It can be tough to determine which is the best choice for your loved one. Your Peachtree elder law attorney can help.

Assisted Living Centers

First, let’s discuss assisted living communities. If your loved one is moving into assisted living, they will enjoy many of the same things that they did while living on their own, but with a support staff there to help them. Assisted living communities thrive because the residents are mostly independent and are able to attend to their own personal needs, but they rely on staff to help with day-to-day living. It’s an excellent option for seniors who may no longer be able to live at home but desire an active and social lifestyle nonetheless. These communities have an overall 93% satisfaction rating, so they are probably not what your loved one means when they request that you don’t take them to “a home”.

All About Assisted Living Communities

Assisted living communities are all about cultivating a sense of community, wherein the residents gather to play games, go to the movies, go to the salon, and enjoy all kinds of adventures. While scaling Everest probably isn’t planned for the weekend, a brief nature hike may be. Some communities even host daily Happy Hour! They also frequently offer restaurant-style dining, in addition to outings and transportation to local retailers, theaters, museums, and more.

Because assisted living facilities keep medical staff to a minimum, there are frequently health requirements that must be met. These include things like being able to feed themselves and being able to get themselves out of bed and into a wheelchair without assistance from staff.

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Various lifestyle benefits and interests are encouraged

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Help with household chores

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Exploring new opportunities and interests

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Help when you need it, independence when you don’t

These are the kinds of characteristics that best describe assisted living residents:

  • They don’t have access to transportation, but they would like to live an active life.
  • They need help with daily activities such as bathing or dressing.
  • They are looking to make new friends and try new activities.
  • They want to pursue their specific passion, like golf or gardening, in a focused lifestyle community.
  • They desire a maintenance-free lifestyle where they don’t have to worry about maintenance or home repairs.
  • They are currently in good health, but realize they will need more help soon.

Nursing Home Care

A nursing home is probably a lot closer to what they’re thinking when they refer to “a home”. For your loved one who needs increased amounts of attention and assistance, has medical needs they are unable to keep up with, or knows that this lifestyle is likely to greet them in the near future (after a surgery, for example), then your Peachtree elder law attorney recommends a nursing home. Also called convalescent homes or skilled care homes, nursing homes provide round the clock medical support, including emergency support, to their residents. Typically, a nursing home resident is a person who suffers from severe, debilitating physical or mental conditions.

Nursing homes provide medical care around the clock for residents who need that kind of immediate medical support. This might stem from a chronic condition or a recent surgery or a mental health concern. Residents in nursing home facilities need the kind of extensive, often specialized, and immediate medical care that nursing homes provide.

Nursing homes offer numerous benefits to their residents. They offer services such as palliative and preventative long-term care, meal options that meet the daily nutritional requirements and dietary needs of each resident, specialized rehabilitative services, like speech, occupational, physical, respiratory, cognitive and vocational therapy. Furthermore, they help with laundry, housekeeping and daily activities, prescriptions medication management including injections, and emergency and routine dental services in all homes receiving federal assistance.

Is your loved one in need of nursing home care?

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Offering more specialized, in-depth medical care

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Assist with prescription medications, including injections

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Includes a number of rehabilitative therapies

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Make sure that residents are eating healthfully and plentifully

Nursing Homes benefit people best who:

  • Desire more daily interaction than in-home nursing care provides.
    Need significant rehabilitation from a serious injury.
  • Prefer amenities such as nutritious meals and on-site services like salons, religious services, and dental appointments that wouldn’t be available in a home-care setting.
  • Require constant care due to chronic conditions or deteriorating health.
  • Have chronic, progressive conditions like Parkinson’s disease or MS.
    Are unable to feed themselves independently.


Your Peachtree elder law attorney is always here to assist with any questions or concerns you may have. Please contact Robert M. Goldberg & Associates for more information or to schedule an appointment. We look forward to working with you.