When it comes to growing older, there is no universal approach to care. There can be a number of hard and emotional questions to ask yourself. One of which may be whether or not you will need to look outside the home for additional care and support.
When it comes to looking after and caring for your ageing loved one, there needs to be a thought towards whether they need a constructive, active environment or simply help with daily tasks. Either way, nursing homes and assisted living can both be successful. This is why we are here today. We want to share more about the 2 to help you make your decision.
What’s the Difference Between a Nursing Home & Assisted Living?
When it comes to a nursing home, they have been designed for those who require or need 24 hour care and medical supervision. A nursing home is recommended for those who may have a physical or mental condition. This is especially true for those who cannot care for themselves.
Those within a nursing home generally suffer from severe and debilitating physical/mental conditions that leave them unable to live independently. This could mean that they are bedridden, wheelchair bound or need skilled nurses around the clock to eat, drink, bath and dress.
The main focus of those within a nursing home is to ensure the safety and comfort of all living in it. A nursing home can also offer:
- Preventative long-term care
- Ongoing palliative care
- Medication management
Assisted Living Communities:
Assisted living communities are growing in popularity here in Ireland. There are a number of them dotted around and some are known as retirement villages. They are a great option for ageing adults who are, for the most part, independent but might just need assistance in some tasks.
This is a great housing choice for the elderly who no longer wish to live alone or are no longer capable of living alone. These communities allows them to maintain their independence, social and active lifestyle.
They can also offer:
- Home maintenance
- Shopping and delivery service
- Laundry and house cleaning
- Fully furnished and equipped homes
- Smoke detectors, burglar alarms and (should it be needed) an on-call nurse
- Activity programs to help keep up their active and social lifestyle
It’s great to know that there are options out there to help you care for your loved one. Until then, if you are caring for your loved one and want to make things safer in the kitchen, please feel free to check out our daily living aids right here.