The difference between nursing homes & other types of senior living
Many people think that all senior living options are nursing homes! Actually nursing homes—also known as skilled nursing facilities—are for people that require a higher degree of medical attention than those in assisted living.
What is a nursing home?
Nursing homes are exactly what they sound like: facilities that have skilled licensed nurses and nursing assistants available 24-hours a day.
Nursing homes may be appropriate for seniors that require extensive medical care and supervision, such as severe diabetes, breathing issues requiring 24 hour medical support, extreme obesity, or have wounds and pressure sores. Most seniors don't require this level of care and don't need a nursing home setting. And many independent and assisted living communities are just that - communities- and don't have a hospital or nursing home setting.
What is the cost for nursing homes?
The national average cost for nursing homes is $6,844 per month for a semi-private room1.
Is a nursing home right for your loved one?
Start by taking our Senior Needs Assessment Quiz to get a general recommendation for senior housing for your family member.
It is important to keep in mind that most seniors can be supported and age in place in assisted living homes, assisted living communities or memory support communities and will never require moving into a nursing home.
Talk to your Assisted Living Locators® Care Advisor about your needs, have them schedule some community tours in your area, and let us help you make the best choice for your family.