Assisted living homes can give someone as much help as needed with daily living, but offer only some nursing care or none at all.
People often live independently in their own unit.
The place provides meals and house cleaning, offers interesting things to do, and takes residents wherever they need to go, like the doctor or the shopping mall.
They can also provide help with bathing, dressing, and taking medicines, if needed.
Some assisted living facilities are part of a continuing care retirement community or lifecare community. These communities offer independent living and skilled nursing facilities as well as assisted living.
Sometimes assisted living help is set up in a home with only a few residents. These are often called board and care homes.
If your relative becomes very frail or suffers from the later stages of dementia, more care could be needed.
A nursing home or skilled nursing facility may be necessary if someone:
There are also skilled nursing facilities that offer other services such as social activities and transportation.
As a rule, the rooms are for one or two people. Some places want residents to bring some special items from home to make their rooms more familiar. Some even allow a pet or make it possible for couples to stay together.
Both assisted living and skilled nursing facilities sometimes offer special areas for people with dementia.
These areas are designed to meet the special needs of these people and to keep them safe from wandering.
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