Nursing home vs Assisted living

There comes a time in everyone’s lives when failing health or plain old age renders us incapable of living the lives we once had. While some cultures make it a point to care for their elderly at home, modern society has compelled most of us to seek assistance from professional services when we become too feeble to do some things for ourselves.

There are a couple of common options available for this period in our lives. One is moving into a nursing home. The other is to transfer to an assisted living community. While both involve moving out of your current domicile, there are significant differences to where you could, or should, go.

A Nursing Home

Victoria care homes provide medical care to those who require constant supervision due to debilitating illnesses or an existing medical condition that requires medical staff to be on hand 24/7. A stay in a nursing home is akin to being in hospital, where your condition is monitored regularly. It will also have a permanent medical staff composed of doctors, nurses, therapists, and nursing assistants who keep tabs on the needs of the nursing home residents. This staff monitors your IV lines, checks on operation of medical equipment (ventilators, oxygen feed, etc.), or performs the bedside exercises that prevent muscle atrophy and bedsores.

Although a nursing home is practically a medical facility, the goal of staying in a nursing home is to rehabilitate the resident sufficiently so that he or she can go back home eventually. Or transfer to an assisted living facility or hospice.

Assisted Living

Staying in an assisted living facility is significantly different from a stay in a nursing home. It is more akin to transferring to a community of like-aged individuals. It doesn’t have the sometimes grim setting of a nursing home, with its staff of medical personnel and constantly beeping medical monitors. Or the smell of medicines and disinfectant.

The community in an assisted living community is just that – a community where you make friends, go out on trips, attend social gatherings, engage in play and banter, and generally live your days very close to what you did when you were younger and more active. In fact, many assisted living facilities encourage you to bring your furnishings and other personal belongings, so that you feel very much at home.

Of course, if you were fully capable of fending for yourself, then considering an assisted living facility would not be on your mind. But because of advancing infirmity, you may not be able to bath or dress yourself properly, or keep track of what pills to take or when. For this, an assisted living facility will have aides to hand to help you out. It will also have a nurse on two on permanent stay for help with some medical needs. A doctor will be on call for emergencies, as well as therapists and specialists who can come on a schedule for residents who require one.

Furthermore, an assisted living facility will have a dining room, communal areas for reading or watching movies, and occasional events to enliven the atmosphere. The staff can also schedule trips for residents who feel the need to participate in other activities – or at least watch an event. Only you, your family, and your doctor can best determine which type of facility is best for you. Consult these people who have the best intentions for you, and decide accordingly.

If you are looking for a care home in Victoria BC, learn more about Craigdarroch Care Home.