Times are changing, and senior living is changing with them.
The old idea of the “nursing home” brings up images of a cold and clinical environment where loved ones waited around for the attention they needed. Fortunately, modern accommodations in assisted living offer a supportive alternative for residents who need help with activities of daily living but don’t require the more advanced medical care provided in a skilled nursing setting.
Keep reading to learn the differences between assisted living and nursing homes. We’ll also cover how Renaissance at The Terraces provides assisted living and skilled nursing under one roof, setting a new standard for compassionate care and helping to redefine the notion of the nursing home.
How Do Care Services in Assisted Living and Nursing Homes Differ?
In assisted living, a resident receives the support they need to remain as independent as possible. Assisted living care often includes:
- Licensed nurses available 24/7
- Assistance with activities of daily living
- Weekly housekeeping and flat linen service
- Well-appointed, spacious, private residences
- Access to assisted living, services and activities coordinated by a full-time lifestyle director
Skilled nursing is care where adults with chronic conditions or injuries receive 24-7 intensive care at a nursing home compared to having access to a nurse 24-7 via assisted living. Nursing home residents might stay there for a short time after surgery or illness, but there are also long-term residents. They provide physical, occupational and speech therapies; emergency care; and hospice care.
Compare those services with assisted living at a community such as The Terraces at Bonita Springs, where seniors receive the support – and occasional care – they need in a welcoming homelike setting. And if you’re in assisted living at Renaissance at The Terraces and your health needs change, our memory support residences and five-star rated skilled nursing residences are on site and all under one roof.
How Do Amenities in Assisted Living and Nursing Homes Compare?
The day-to-day experience at a senior living community meets more than just health care needs. Some of the amenities in assisted living at a location such as The Terraces are as follows:
- Lectures, workshops and classes
- Fitness center and wellness programs
- Housekeeping and maintenance services
- Restaurant-style dining
Nursing homes, however, tend to offer more limited programming mainly because fewer residents are independent enough to fully engage in them. Typically, a nursing home will also offer fewer lifestyle amenities such as courtyards, recreational rooms, or multiple dining options.
But at a Life Plan Community – otherwise known as a Continuing Care Retirement Community – it’s the best of both worlds. Residents can engage in activities of their choosing with access to world-class care as needed.
Call us today at 239-208-6963 to explore how Renaissance at The Terraces can support your loved one.