Assisted Living or Skilled Nursing—Which is the Right Choice?
When those you love are no longer safe to live by themselves, you will be faced with a choice of finding a quality community, such as Brunswick Cove, for them.
We’ll take you through these options step-by-step so you can make an informed decision.
What Is Assisted Living?
Assisted living (sometimes referred to as ALF) is a type of long-term care community where residents still live independently but can have help if needed. This may include assistance with bathing, dressing or managing medication.
One of the advantages of assisted living is that many of the mundane tasks of everyday living are taken care of for them. This means they don’t have to worry about cooking, maintenance or other chores.
What Is Skilled Nursing Care?
Skilled nursing care takes things one step further. It’s appropriate for those who have chronic or serious health conditions that severely limit their ability to take care of themselves.
This may include conditions such as congestive heart failure, COPD and complications related to chronic diseases such as diabetes.
Skilled nursing facilities (SNF) are also appropriate for those who need 24/7 skilled nursing services and assistance such as IV medications, respiratory therapy or a ventilator.
Temporary skilled nursing care may be needed for those who are recovering from a joint replacement and need extensive rehabilitation before going home.
Which Is the Right Choice for My Loved One?
We realize this is a big decision, and not one to be taken lightly.
By simply speaking with one of our representatives and answering a few questions, we can help you determine which care would be most appropriate.
Some aspects to consider are:
The Level of Independence Your Parent or Grandparent Needs
If it’s only assistance with bathing or dressing, assistive living care may be the answer. This is perfect for those who can maintain a level of independence.
However, if they are mainly limited to their bed and have difficulty walking or standing up, then skilled nursing care should be considered.
Their Ability to Participate in Events
As mentioned earlier, for those who need help with simple activities such as going to the bathroom or getting dressed, assistive living may be all that is needed. In this scenario, there are still several things your loved one can do on their own. This may mean participation in scheduled events or outings such as those offered at Brunswick Cove.
However, if your loved one’s abilities make them unable to participate in the most basic events, it’s time to talk to us about skilled nursing care.
Their Need for Nursing Care
Those in assisted living may need help managing medications or monitoring chronic diseases, but overall, they do not need 24/7 care.
However, if your parent or grandparent needs to be closely monitored and attended by nursing professionals throughout the day, they are best suited for a skilled nursing facility.
If They Are a Candidate for Hospice Care
Hospice brings compassion and quality care to those with life-limiting illnesses. This may include cancer, ALS, heart disease or end stage kidney disease. Hospice is for those who have six months or less to live and are no longer seeking treatment for their disease.
Often, those who are in hospice care live longer than those who are not. If your loved one qualifies, we encourage you to contact us. Many state that they wish they had contacted hospice sooner. Delaying could cause needless suffering.
At Brunswick Cove, we offer access to hospice care for those who needed it with the oversight of the Hospice agency staff. Palliative services are also offered and overseen by our medical director.
At Brunswick Cove, We Will Walk You Through This Decision
The well-being and health of your loved one is our highest priority, and we want to assure you that whether they need assisted living or skilled nursing, Brunswick Cove is ready to serve them.
One of the advantages of our community is that we have assisted living as well as skilled nursing beds. This means if your loved one is in assisted living but gradually needs a higher level of care, they can be easily transitioned into our skilled nursing services.