Is There a Care Level Above Assisted Living?

Author: Andrea Miller

Reviewed By: Brindusa Vanta

There is a care level above assisted living. A nursing home is typically the next level when someone needs more care than assisted living provides. Many nursing homes incorporate memory care for people with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. Hospice care is appropriate when the individual has a terminal diagnosis and wants to remain comfortable without receiving treatment.

How Does Assisted Living Differ From Other Levels of Care?

Assisted living differs from other levels of care by offering more support than an independent senior living community, but less support than nursing home residents receive. Assisted living residents typically need help with some activities of daily living (ADLs) such as bathing and dressing. However, they still do many activities independently. 

Assisted living staff members regularly evaluate residents to make sure they’re receiving an appropriate level of care. They may recommend a transition to a nursing home if your loved one develops significant medical needs or loses the ability to perform most ADLs.

Who Can Benefit From Nursing Home Care?

Individuals can benefit from nursing home care if they require a high level of medical or skilled nursing support. In general, a nursing home is appropriate if your loved one needs help with most or all ADLs as well as intensive medical care and around-the-clock supervision for complex medical needs. This secure setting ensures safety for people who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia.