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Assisted Living Vs. Long-Term Care: Making the Right Choice
Posted By: Becky Davis - 12/7/2017 12:00:00 AM

When the time comes to choose a care facility for your or a loved one, you may be faced with many questions. It may even be hard to tell what type of care is best suited to your needs. It is important to understand your options when choosing a care provider by doing research and asking questions. You or your loved one may require either long-term or short-term 24-hour care, or may just need help with a few daily living tasks. Here are some tips to help you decide between assisted living or long-term care.

Assisted living facilities

Assisted living care is designed to help a person with their daily living tasks, either in their own home or in a specialized facility. This type of care could include tasks such as administering medication, cooking meals, performing daily hygiene tasks, and more. Assisted living is a good option for mostly independent people who do not need medical care or supervision throughout the day. If you or your loved one are able to live mostly alone, and just need help with some daily tasks, this is a good option for you. Be sure to discuss the safety risks if you will be receiving in-home care. If you think falls or injuries may be likely, then consider discussing long-term care options as well.

Long-term care facilities

Long-term care facilities, or nursing homes, are meant for patients who need 24 hour care or medical supervision. If you or your loved one have cognitive disorders, physical disabilities, or a prolonged or degenerative illness or disease, this may be the best option for you. Long-term care facilities can offer skilled nursing care and medical assistance, along with many amenities and social opportunities. Skilled staff will help patients with daily living tasks, monitoring medical conditions, and safety needs.

Making a choice between assisted living and long-term care

Once you have discussed all of your medical and safety needs with a doctor, you can decide which care option would be best for you. Before choosing a facility, do thorough research and look for reviews from current and prior patients and their family members. You can do this by looking on the internet and social media. Call the facilities you are interested in and schedule a tour so that you can see what amenities are available. You should also ask to meet the staff and about their skills and credentials. Remember, you should never be afraid to ask questions. Doing these things will help you to choose the best facility for you or your loved one, whether you need assisted living or long-term care

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