Category Archives: Assisted Living

Assisted Living vs Nursing Home

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Assisted Living vs Nursing Home

As the hidden consumers, what do the adult children of aging parents need to understand about these facilities? Very simply: what the facility can’t do. Invariably, the sales pitch tells you what the facility can do, which is fine, and to be expected. But as a consumer, you must understand the difference between assisted living and nursing care. First, an assisted living facility is not a nursing home with fancy furniture. Assisted living is not licensed to give nursing care. Typically, assisted living facilities are places where elders live in a supervised community, with some personal care services available. Meals, social activity, and help with the activities of daily living such as bathing and dressing are all usually offered at such facilities. The focus is on providing a healthy social environment and preventing social isolation. It is a worthy focus, as isolation is dangerous, and widespread among elders whose independence is declining.

Assisted Living Market

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Assisted Living Rates Grow at Lower Rate Than Nursing Homes Year Over Year

The national median monthly rate for assisted living is now $3,500, a 1.45 percent increase from 2013 and 4.29 percent more than five years ago, according to insurance company Genworth’s annual Cost of Care report. Assisted living costs have displayed the biggest rise since 2009, compared with other senior services including nursing home rates, homemaker services, home health aide services, and adult day health care.