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What is the difference between assisted living and a nursing home?

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What is the difference between assisted living and a nursing home?


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Donna Quinn Robbins answered...

An assisted living community provides communal living, often with planned activities, housekeeping and laundry, transportation, meals, exercise and wellness programs, opportunities to socialize with other residents, and assistance with activities See also:
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of daily living. These can include bathing, toileting, eating, and dressing, and may also include things like medication reminders. Some have special wings for residents who develop Alzheimer's or dementia.

In a nursing home, residents are under the 24-hour care of licensed or registered nursing staff (in a skilled nursing facility) or of certified nursing assistants (in an intermediate care facility). Some examples of reasons seniors might need skilled nursing would be if they were bed bound, needed a respirator, or had wounds that were not healing and required daily care.


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Realtor! answered...

Yes, but what is the difference between senior living and assisted living. In assisted living can a resident have their own furniture. Does assisted living have apartment type like senior living.