Is Assisted Living Considered a Convalescent Home?

Assisted living is not considered a convalescent home. Convalescent homes provide short-term care for people recovering from medical conditions or procedures. Assisted living communities offer long-term residence for older adults who need help with daily activities. They don’t typically provide the skilled nursing care required during convalescence. 

What Services Does a Convalescent Home Provide?

A convalescent home provides medical care and assistance to help people recover from a hospital stay, illness or injury. Residents receive physical and occupational therapy to regain strength, improve mobility and relearn how to perform activities of daily living (ADLs), such as grooming and bathing. 

The health care team at a convalescent home, also called a skilled nursing facility, helps residents manage pain and ensure they eat nutritious meals. Nurses care for surgical incisions and provide other services based on specific medical needs. Speech therapists assist with memory and communication, while counselors provide mental health treatment.

How Does Skilled Nursing Differ From Assisted Living?

Skilled nursing differs from assisted living because skilled nursing facilities provide a higher level of medical care. These facilities offer a range of specialized services, including catheter care, intravenous injections, wound care and physical therapy, all provided by licensed care providers.

Assisted living only provides custodial care. This level of assistance also includes help with household tasks and activities of daily living, such as dressing and meal preparation.