Assisted Living vs a Nursing Home

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Written by CareScout
Updated November 28, 2023

The biggest difference between assisted living and a nursing home is the level of care needed.

Residents in assisted living may be in fairly good health but need assistance with one or more activities of daily living (ADLs), such as managing medications, food preparation or other needs. In assisted living communities, nursing care may be available but generally not provided around the clock.

Meanwhile, nursing homes, also called skilled nursing facilities, provide 24/7 care for people who need more intensive care and attention. Nursing homes typically provide rehab services, such as physical or occupational therapy, in addition to nursing care.

If you need help determining the right level of care for your loved one, contact CareScout and a Care Advocate can assist you.

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