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Nursing Homes & Assisted-Living Facilities: Which Is Right for Your Loved One?

When the time comes to research a place we can be assured our elderly loved one will be cared for and protected, it’s not unusual to find out how little you know about your options. Assuming, for the moment, that you are considering moving your relative into a facility (perhaps they required medical care you cannot provide or they need constant supervision), it’s important to know your options.

Nursing homes and assisted-living facilities are not the same thing. Yes, they are both options for an older person who needs care. However, these two options offer varying levels of skilled nursing care. Which type of care and supervision your loved one requires may help you determine which kind of facility will best meet their needs.

However, both nursing homes and assisted living facilities have something in common. Unfortunately, elderly abuse takes place in both types of skilled nursing facilities. If you suspect your elderly loved one is being injured physically or emotionally by a negligence facility employee, you need to contact a knowledgeable nursing home abuse lawyer immediately. Contact the compassionate lawyers at Rudnick, Addonizio, Pappa & Casazza. We will fight for your family.

Assisted-Living Facilities
Consider the name; the assisted-living model is ideal for patients that may not necessarily need ongoing medical care, but require assistance with everyday tasks like eating, bathing and dressing. In fact, as your loved one’s condition changes, this may be a good option. Perhaps they start out benefitting from food service and, as time marches on, they may need more assistance with the activities of daily living.

This model is also more socially oriented, and includes communal living and organized events both in and out of the facility. Residents usually live in private rooms and have the benefit of onsite security, laundry and housekeeping. Some facilities have even have apartment-type living quarters where married couples can reside.

If your loved one is a more active or social type, but needs a little extra help, this option may be the best for choice for them. There will be plenty of Bingo and entertainment. It’s generally a more independent living experience than if they were to reside in a nursing home.

Nursing Homes
If your loved one’s condition requires constant medical monitoring, a nursing home might be the best option for them. Nursing homes, also called skilled nursing facilities, are equipped with round-the-clock nursing staff to manage the care needs of the patient population and intervene in the event of a medical emergency. The nursing home model is designed for patients of more advanced years or with serious conditions that require monitoring.

This is something to think about when determining just how much attention your loved one needs. If it’s a question of reminding someone to take medication, an assisted living facility may work. However, if your loved one is immobile and requires constant turning to avoid bedsores, or if they require life-saving medical equipment to breathe, for example, a nursing home may provide the care and peace of mind needed.

Do Your Homework
Where you ultimately decide to place your loved one should depend entirely on the logistics and frequency of their care needs. However it’s important to remember the cost and long-term implications of both choices. An experienced eldercare lawyer can help you navigate your options and responsibilities.

Remember, if your loved one is being hurt or abused at any type of long-term care facility, or even by a visiting nurse or home health aide, the attorneys at Rudnick, Addonizio, Pappa & Casazza can help. Call us today for a free consultation about your case.

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