Unlike nursing homes, Medicare or Medicaid funding does not normally cover services provided in an assisted living community. But an assisted living facility also has some special benefits that a nursing home does not offer. For instance, assisted living facilities are known for presenting a more home-like feeling than a skilled nursing facility, and they often focus more on lifestyle management and maintenance than medical care.
Nursing homes cater to the simple six life factors: eating, bathing, toileting, transferring, continence, and dressing. Yet most assisted living facilities offer seasonal activities, trips to local destinations, games, recreational programs, and the chance to interact with other kinds of units (ie independent living) if the facility has multiple types of housing.
One of our assisted living managers noted, “We [try to] create warm, supportive, home-like residences for older adults. From social, cultural and educational life enrichment programs to amenities that foster an easy way of life, our respect for each resident’s individuality is at the center of all that we do,” she said. “Our residences are a place where friendly faces and conversations are easy to come by; a place where independence and dignity are respected, a place to call home.”
Assisted living is a great option for people who want to maintain some of their independence but also need help with some facets of their life.